12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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San Francisco
Fly:
21​h 45​min
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:
2​h 45​min
Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive:
2​h 45​min
Inverness
— 2 nights
Fly:
2​h 45​min
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
Fly:
21​h 45​min
San Francisco

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3
days
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Oban (Distillery Tours & McCaig's Tower). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Old Inverlochy Castle, appreciate the views at Glencoe, look for gifts at The Granite House, and admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fort William tour planner.

San Francisco, USA to Fort William is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Fort William is 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature, Parks, Sightseeing, Historic Sites
SIDE TRIPS : Oban, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe, Nevis Range Mountain Resort, Commando Monument
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Isle of Skye


You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skye Museum of Island Life and Duntulm Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Isle of Skye: Portree (Quiraing (Hill Walk), The Isle of Skye Soap Company, & more), Dunvegan Castle & Gardens (in Dunvegan) and Neist Point (in Glendale).

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Isle of Skye vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks, Nature, Sightseeing, Historic Sites
SIDE TRIPS : Portree, Duntulm Castle, Skye Museum of Island Life, Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Neist Point
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2
days
Inverness


Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Clava Cairns, then identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Loch an Eilein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): get outside with Landmark Forest Adventure Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Inverness are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks, Nature, Wildlife Areas, Theme Parks
SIDE TRIPS : RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Loch an Eilein, Clava Cairns
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Kirkwall, Mainland


Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Great Britain. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, then stroll through Brough Of Birsay, and finally explore the ancient world of Maeshowe. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, take an in-depth tour of The Orkney Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Ness of Brodgar, and finally delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kirkwall custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Kirkwall takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Inverness, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kirkwall, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Sightseeing, Historic Sites, Nature, Parks
SIDE TRIPS : Stromness, Standing Stones of Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Brough Of Birsay
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