15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  13​h
1
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
4
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Montreal

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Highland Folk Museum and Clava Cairns. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort George and Wardlaw Mausoleum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie), Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore) and Abernethy National Nature Reserve (in Nethy Bridge). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Boat of Garten Community Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness day trip tool .

Montreal, Canada to Inverness is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Inverness is 5 hours. October in Inverness sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aviemore, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Abernethy National Nature Reserve, Culloden Battlefield, Highland Folk Museum
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
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. Glenfinnan Viaduct and Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Fort Augustus. Step out of Fort William with an excursion to Eilean Donan Castle in Kyle of Lochalsh--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum, and appreciate the views at Glencoe.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fort William trip planner .

Getting from Inverness to Fort William by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Commando Museum, Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

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nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Columba's Isle, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen and then take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye trip itinerary app .

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

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Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 16th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Bishop & Earls Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, then explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, and finally explore the ancient world of Maeshowe. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Tomb of the Eagles, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Highland Park Distillery, get engrossed in the history at The Orkney Museum, then delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness, and finally steep yourself in history at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kirkwall trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Kirkwall in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Tomb of the Eagles, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Tomb of the Eagles ©
Tomb of the Eagles

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rosslyn Chapel and The Real Mary King's Close. Step out of the city life by going to Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. And it doesn't end there: step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, contemplate the long history of Advocate's Close, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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