18 days in Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glamis
— 1 day
Drive
3
Aberdeen
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Ballachulish
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 21st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia and then don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh travel planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Edinburgh. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Edinburgh are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Glamis.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites

Glamis

— 1 day
Glamis Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Angus Folk Museum, explore the historical opulence of Glamis Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Eassie Sculptured Stone.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glamis visit planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Glamis by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Glamis are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Glamis

Historic Sites · Museums

Aberdeen

— 3 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Explore Aberdeen's surroundings by going to Crathes Castle (in Banchory), Peterhead Prison Museum (in Peterhead) and Dunnottar Castle (in Stonehaven). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, sample the fine beverages at Royal Lochnagar Distillery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and steep yourself in history at St Machar's Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aberdeen vacation maker app.

Drive from Glamis to Aberdeen in 1.5 hours. October in Aberdeen sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, then don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, and then learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cairngorm Mountain and then contemplate the long history of Fort George.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Aberdeen to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fort William

— 3 nights
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Fort Augustus Abbey (in Fort Augustus). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the historical opulence of Old Inverlochy Castle, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Memorial.

Plan my day in Fort William using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Ballachulish.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballachulish

— 3 nights
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Venture out of the city with trips to Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village), Falls of Dochart (in Killin) and The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary (in Barcaldine). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, appreciate the history behind The Glencoe Massacre Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Highland Way.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ballachulish trip itinerary builder site.

Ballachulish is just a stone's throw from Fort William. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Glencoe travel guide

4.2
Valleys · Scenic Walking Areas · Hiking Trails
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. It lies at the north-west end of the glen, on the southern bank of the River Coe where it enters Loch Leven .The village falls within the Ross, Skye and Lochaber part of the Highland council area for local government purposes. It is part of the registration county of Argyll and the lieutenancy area of Inverness for ceremonial functions.The use of the term 'Glencoe Village' is a modern one, to differentiate the settlement from the glen itself.HistoryThe village is on the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692, in which 38 members of the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by forces acting on behalf of the government of King William III following the Glorious Revolution.The village occupies an area of the glen known as Carnoch. Native Gaelic speakers who belong to the area always refer to the village as A'Charnaich, meaning "the place of cairns". Even today there is Upper Carnoch and Lower Carnoch. A small hospital - currently empty - with emergency services at Fort William 16 miles away, lies at the southern end of the village just over an arched stone bridge.

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