Ten days in Scotland is a great amount of time to delve into the country's diverse beauty and deep history. Opt for a fast-paced self-drive tour and explore the dramatic Isle of Skye and the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow on a highlights tour. Or, embrace serene landscapes as you island-hop through Oban, Mull, and Skye. Leisurely travelers will love exploring by train, while those eager to see it all can whizz around on an itinerary featuring the North Coast 500.

Itinerary #1: Fast-Paced Scotland Highlights Tour

Arrive eager to explore as this classic Scotland itinerary whizzes you around the country's highlights—from the imposing Stirling Castle to the rugged coastlines of Isle of Skye. Perfect for travelers who prefer keeping on the move and enjoying the freedom of a rental car, you'll tick off overnights in nine different locations while filling days with thrilling side trips. Notable highlights include a hot-air balloon ride over Inverness, hiking on the Isle of Skye, stopping by the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, and time in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Drive through the geological formations on the Scottish Isle of Skye
Drive through the geological formations on the Scottish Isle of Skye
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh, Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh
Day 2 Drive to Stirling, Explore Stirling Castle & William Wallace Monument Stirling
Day 3 Drive to Aberdeen via Lindores Abbey Distillery Experience & Arbroath Abbey Aberdeen
Day 4 Castles of Aberdeenshire Private Tour, Drive to Abelour Aberlour
Day 5 Whisky Tasting at Glenfarclas, Speyside Cooperage, Drive to Aviemore Aviemore
Day 6 Hot-Air Balloon Flight, Highland Folk Museum, Drive to Inverness Inverness
Day 7 Dolphin Watching Expedition, Drive to the Isle of Skye Isle of Skye
Day 8 Ferry to Mallaig, Drive to Fort William via Glenfinnan Viaduct & Monument Fort William
Day 9 Drive to Glasgow via Loch Lomond, Scottish Trad Trail Tour & Folk Music Glasgow
Day 10 Visit Glasgow Cathedral, Depart  

Welcome to Scotland! Upon landing in Edinburgh, get straight to exploring when you join a fascinating historical walking tour along the Royal Mile, complete with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Next, collect your rental car and hit the road to Stirling, a town known for its striking Stirling Castle and the famous National Wallace Monument, both of which you'll explore before continuing north to Aberdeen. Break up the three-hour journey with stops at Lindores Abbey Distillery and the ruins of Arbroath Abbey. Then, delve into the best of Aberdeenshire's 263 castles alongside a private guide and continue to Aberlour for an overnight. 

While in Aberlour, dedicate a morning to tasting single malt whiskey at Glenfarclas Distillery and learning the art of barrel making at the Speyside Cooperage. Then, using Aviemore as your base, embark on a sunrise hot-air balloon ride and explore Cairngorms National Park. Next, test your luck spotting the iconic monster at Loch Ness and sail across the Inner Moray Firth in search of dolphins before arriving on the Isle of Skye. Over the following two days, as you make your way to Glasgow, tick off highlights like the Glenfinnan Viaduct, kayaking on Loch Lomond, and hiking in Trossachs National Park. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Island Hopping Scotland's Inner Hebrides

Discover Scotland's natural wonders and rugged coastlines on this activity-packed island-hopping tour of the Inner Hebrides. Between snorkeling in the icy waters of the Isle of Oban and spotting eagles on the Isle of Mull to kayaking and hiking on the Isle of Skye, this adventure promises an ideal mix of nature excursions and scenic drives. Plus, with time in Glasgow to start and end the trip, you'll leave with a well-rounded introduction to Scotland's diverse culture and long history.

Machrie Moor Standing Stones circle on the Isle of Arran
Machrie Moor Standing Stones circle on the Isle of Arran
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Glasgow, Scottish Trad Trail & Folk Music Tour Glasgow
Day 2 Drive to Adrossan, Ferry to Arran, Arran Distillery Arran
Day 3 Drive to Oban, Traditional Scottish Ceilidh Experience Oban
Day 4 Experience Scotland's Snorkel Trails Oban
Day 5 Ferry to Isle of Mull, Sea Eagle Adventure Isle of Mull
Day 6 Ferry to Lochaline, Drive to Glencoe, Glencoe Lochan Walk Glen Coe
Day 7 Drive to Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools Walk Isle of Skye
Day 8 Guided Sea Kayak Experience, Drive to Fort William Fort William
Day 9 Hiking Glen Nevis: Steall Falls & Nevis Gorge Walk, Drive to Glasgow Glasgow
Day 10 Explore Pollok Country Park & Depart  

Your 10-day adventure kicks off in Glasgow, shrugging off jet lag while immersing yourself in a music-themed walking tour and enjoying a traditional folk music show. Then, it's time to head to the islands. Start by collecting your rental car and driving southwest to Ardrossan, where you'll ferry to Arran and spend an evening sampling single malts at Arran Distillery. A three-hour drive to Oban—gateway to the Hebrides—is next on the agenda. With two nights here, you'll find plenty of time to snorkel above seagrass beds at Ganavan Sands and visit Oban Distillery before continuing to the Isle of Mull

After a thrilling evening, spotting white-tailed eagles on the Isle of Mull, your next destination is Glen Coe. While here, head off on one of the many nearby hikes and delight in a relaxing overnight in the quaint village of Glencoe before heading to the Isle of Skye. Fill your time here with fascinating activities, including a hike to the Fairy Pools and a guided sea kayak experience. Then, with your trip winding down, squeeze in an overnight in Fort William, set aside a day to hike Glen Nevis, and enjoy a celebratory end-of-adventure dinner in Glasgow. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Scotland by Train: Edinburgh, Fort William, Isle of Skye & Glasgow

Savor pristine scenery, dine on traditional cuisine, and soak up intriguing history while enjoying the ease of train travel on this well-rounded Scotland adventure. Crafted for travelers seeking a relaxed-paced trip packed with highlights, this itinerary features a guided food tour in Glasgow, a 4WD excursion in Loch Lomond, a hike up Ben Nevis, and a ride on the famous Jacobite Steam Train. You'll also tour the Isle of Skye alongside a private guide and explore Glen Affric before the trip wraps up in Edinburgh.

Keep your camera close as you ride the Jaobite Stream train to Mallaig
Keep your camera close as you ride the Jacobite Stream train to Mallaig
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Glasgow, Wee Food Tour Glasgow
Day 2 4WD Loch Lomond Exploration Glasgow
Day 3 Train to Oban, Free Time Oban
Day 4 Wildlife Exploration from Oban Oban
Day 5 Bus to Fort William, Hike up Ben Nevis Fort William
Day 6 Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig Mallaig
Day 7 Ferry to the Isle of Skye, Private Full-Day Tour Isle of Skye
Day 8 Transfer to Inverness, Free Time Inverness
Day 9 Train to Edinburgh, Visit Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh
Day 10 Private Walking Tour, Depart  

After landing in Glasgow and spending your first evening delighting in Scottish favorites during a food tour, you'll embark on a day trip by train to Balloch for a thrilling 4WD excursion around Loch Lomond. Next, enjoy a scenic train journey to the gateway to the Inner Hebrides, Oban, and upon arrival, the evening is yours to visit McCaig's Tower or Oban Distillery. The following day is about cruising around the Isle of Mull in search of white-tailed sea eagles and playful dolphins. Then, catch a bus bound for Fort William on the morning of Day 5 and devote the rest of the day to climbing the imposing Ben Nevis.

Back to train travel, you'll soon find yourself chugging over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct on your way to the small fishing village of Mallaig. Continue by ferry to Armadale, on the Isle of Skye, and enlist the help of a guide to visit the many scenic overlooks and historic locations sprawled across the island. Next, transfer to Inverness for a fascinating day hiking Glen Affric or venturing to the legendary Loch Ness before making your final train journey to Edinburgh. Over your last two days, visit Edinburgh Castle, stroll the Royal Mile, and enjoy hearty Scottish cuisine at a local pub. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Scotland North Coast 500 Road Trip

Stumble upon charming villages, hidden castles, and memorable coastal views on this Scotland road trip featuring the NC500. Perfect for travelers who love keeping on the move while embracing the freedom a self-drive trip allows, you'll make your way from Edinburgh up to Inverness, then loop around the Scottish Highlands, from John O'Groats to Gairloch. Notable highlights include a visit to Bannockburn Battlefield, a wildlife safari in Cairngorms National Park, and numerous opportunities to sip whiskey at authentic distilleries.

Stop as often as you'd like on Scotland's scenic North Coast 500 route
Stop as often as you'd like on Scotland's scenic North Coast 500 route
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh, Old Town Walking Tour Edinburgh
Day 2 Drive to Stirling, Visit Bannockburn Battlefield & The Kelpies Stirling
Day 3 Visit Stirling Castle & William Wallace Monument, Deanston Distillery Tour Stirling
Day 4 Drive to Inverness via the Scottish Crannog Centre Inverness
Day 5 Drive to John O'Groats via Dunrobin Castle, Thurso Walking Tour John O'Groats
Day 6 Drive to Lochinver via Durness, Smoo Cave Tours Lochinver
Day 7 Explore Beaches, Wildlife Spotting Boat Tour, Drive to Gairloch Gairloch
Day 8 Drive to Inverness via Applecross & Culloden, Visit the Clava Cairns Inverness
Day 9 Drive to Pitlochry via Cairngorms National Park, Wildlife Safari Tour Pitlochry
Day 10 Drive to Edinburgh via Blair Atholl Castle, Depart  

Begin your trip with a day in Edinburgh, getting your bearings during a two-hour history tour complete with haunted medieval graveyards and hidden alleyways. Then, collect your rental car and hit the road to Stirling, your base for two nights. While here, you'll pack in a visit to the Bannockburn Battlefield, admire The Kelpies in Falkirk, tour Stirling Castle, and sip whiskey at the Deanston Distillery. Next, settle in for a 3.5-hour drive to Inverness, and after arriving, treat car legs to a scenic hike in Glen Affric or a thrilling visit to Loch Ness.

Nearing the midway point of your adventure, it's time to hop on the NC500 and embark on a scenic drive to John O'Groats. Along the way, detour to Chanonry Point to spot dolphins and admire Dunbrobin Castle, then after a restful evening, head south along the NC500 to Lochinver and Gairloch. There's plenty to see over the two-day drive, including the wild sea cliffs of Dunnet Head and the sandy dunes at Clachtoll Beach. However, with your trip winding down, you'll dedicate a day to exploring Cairngorms National Park and overnight in Pitlochry before the trip comes to an end in Edinburgh. Learn more

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Map of 10 Days in Scotland - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Scotland - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas