You can visit at least six regions on an 11-day tour of Scotland. Whisky aficionados will savor tastings along the Raasay Whisky Trail and make a mini barrel at Speyside Cooperage. At the same time, history buffs will appreciate an Edinburgh historic tour and a visit to Culloden Battlefield. Active travelers can trek the West Highland Way or try sea kayaking at the Isle of Skye, and those keen on culture can try their hand at kilt-making or attend the Pitlochry Highland Games (if they time their travels right).

Itinerary #1: Self-Drive Scotland Highlights: Cities, Castles & Countryside

First-time visitors eager to make the most of their trip will appreciate the fast pace and variety of historic sites, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences on this self-drive highlights itinerary. You'll get acquainted with Scottish history and landmarks on a guided tour of Old Town and a visit to Stirling Castle, then stroll the Fife Coast Path and craft your own spirits at Lindores Abbey Distillery. You'll also have the chance to visit some of the 263 castles in Aberdeenshire, hike in Cairngorms National Park, learn about barrel making at Speyside Cooperage, and partake in a kilt-making workshop.

Dunnotar Castle sits on the North Sea in Aberdeenshire
Dunnotar Castle sits on the North Sea in Aberdeenshire
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh, Old Town Walking Tour Edinburgh
Day 2 Drive to Stirling, Explore Stirling Castle & William Wallace Monument Stirling
Day 3 Drive to St Andrews, Fife Coastal Walk to Kingsbarns St Andrews
Day 4 Drive to Aberdeen via Lindores Abbey Distillery & Arbroath Abbey Aberdeen
Day 5 Castles of Aberdeenshire Tour Aberdeen
Day 6 Drive to Aberlour via Cairngorms National Park & Balmoral Castle Abelour
Day 7 Whisky Tasting at Glenfarclas, Speyside Cooperage, Drive to Aviemore Aviemore
Day 8 Drive to Inverness via Culloden Battlefield & Clava Cairns Inverness
Day 9 Kilt Making Exhibition, Cawdor Castle Inverness
Day 10 Drive to Edinburgh via The Hermitage Walk Edinburgh
Day 11 Depart Edinburgh  

On arrival in Edinburgh, you'll hear tales of witches, warlocks, uprisings, and more on a guided tour of Old Town. The following day, collect your rental car and hit the road to Stirling Castle, where you'll learn of the battles and take in views of Stirling and the surrounding countryside. Stopping in St Andrews next, you'll enjoy a walk along the Fife Coast Path, followed by a whisky tasting at Kingsbarn Distillery. Then, craft your own spirits in a distillation workshop at Lindores Abbey Distillery and visit the medieval ruins of Arbroath Abbey before continuing to Aberdeenshire to tour some of the 263 castles there.

Get a glimpse of royal life with a stroll around the gardens and lochs of Balmoral Castle on Day 6, then take a hike in Cairngorms National Park. Sip single malt whisky at Glenfarclas Distillery and learn about barrel making at Speyside Cooperage before hitting the road again to the infamous Culloden Battlefield, where you can engage with the interactive exhibits. Continue to Inverness for a hike in Glen Affric and a kilt-making workshop at the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre. The final leg of your trip involves a return drive to Edinburgh with a stop at The Hermitage for a walk among giant Douglas fir trees. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Guided Grand Tour of Scotland

This alternate highlights tour includes the Isle of Skye and Glasgow and offers a nice mix of guided tours and free time to explore at their own pace. You'll spot wildlife on a bike ride around Rothiemurchus Estate, enjoy a whisky and chocolate pairing at Dalwhinnie Distillery, cruise Loch Ness, take a glass bottom boat ride at the Isle of Skye, and tour the Glen Coe wilderness. With a private driver, you can relax and enjoy the scenery (and the whisky tastings!).

See iconic Scottish sights on this 11-day guided adventure
See iconic Scottish sights, like charming Highland cows, on this 11-day guided adventure 
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh, Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Ivy Edinburgh
Day 2 Transfer to Stirling, Visit Stirling Castle & William Wallace Monument Stirling
Day 3 Transfer to Aviemore via Rothiemurchus Estate Aviemore
Day 4 Dalwhinnie Distillery Tour & Tasting, Free Time in Aviemore Aviemore
Day 5 Transfer to Inverness, Cruise Loch Ness Inverness
Day 6 Inverness Free Day with Private Driver & Guide Inverness
Day 7 Transfer to Isle of Skye, Urquhart Castle Visit, Underwater Boat Trip Isle of Skye
Day 8 Talisker Distillery Tour & Tasting, Dinner at The Three Chimneys Isle of Skye
Day 9 Transfer to Fort William, Free Time in Scotland's Adventure Capital Fort William
Day 10 Guided Glen Coe Tour Fort William
Day 11 Transfer to Glasgow, Depart  

Start your adventure in style with an afternoon tea at The Ivy in Edinburgh, complete with cakes, sandwiches, and Champagne. In the morning, your driver will take you to the National Wallace Monument, where you'll learn about the Battle of the Stirling Bridge. Next, your driver will take you to Rothiemurchus Estate. Here, you can walk or cycle the paths, keeping an eye out for osprey and other endemic wildlife. Indulge in a whisky and chocolate pairing at Dalwhinnie Distillery on Day 4, then take a step back in time as you wander through heritage buildings at the open-air Highland Folk Museum.

You're off to Inverness next, where you'll search for Nessie on a Loch Ness cruise and have a free day to visit the region's historical sites, such as the Clava Cairns, a sacred ancient cemetery (and possible "Outlander" inspiration). Transfer west to the Isle of Skye and admire the cliffs, sea stacks, and the underwater world on a glass-bottom boat tour. Get a taste of the island's terroir as you sample whisky at Talisker Distillery and tuck into a seven-course seafood dinner at The Three Chimneys restaurant. Round out your trip with a guided tour through Glen Coe, where rugged mountains and tales of Viking invaders and Gaelic warriors await. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Scotland's West Highland Way & Beyond

Avid hikers and historians will appreciate the outdoor experiences and historical sites on this active itinerary. Highlights include a three-day trek along the West Highland Way, a fishing excursion on the Isle of Skye, a wildlife safari in Cairngorms National Park, a private tour at Culloden Battlefield, and a historical stroll along the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle.

Kick off your Scottish adventure with three days of hiking on the West Highland Way
Kick off your Scottish adventure with three days of hiking on the West Highland Way
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Glasgow, Train to Bridge of Orchy Bridge of Orchy
Day 2 Hike the West Highland Way: Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse  Glen Coe
Day 3 Hike the West Highland Way: Kingshouse to Kinlochleven Kinlochleven
Day 4 Hike the West Highland Way: Kinlochleven to Fort William Fort William
Day 5 Train to Mallaig, Ferry to the Isle of Skye, Whisky Immersion  Isle of Skye
Day 6 Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing Tour, Free Time on the Isle of Skye Isle of Skye
Day 7 Transfer to Inverness, Culloden Battlefield Private Tour Inverness
Day 8 Cairngorms National Park Wildlife Safari Tour, Transfer to Aviemore Aviemore
Day 9 Train to Edinburgh via Stirling, Stirling Castle & Gowanhill Walk Edinburgh
Day 10 Scotch Whisky Experience, Secrets of Edinburgh's Royal Mile & Castle Edinburgh
Day 11 Depart Edinburgh  

After touching down in Glasgow, take a train to Bridge of Orchy, your jumping-off point to the West Highland Way. In the morning, tackle challenging terrain on the trail to Kingshouse and be rewarded with the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, the mountain scenery of Glen Coe, and a good night's rest at a local inn. Then, trek to the Devil's Staircase, the highest point on the trail, before crossing a moorland and descending into Kinlochleven. Your final day of hiking takes you on a steep climb out of Kinlochleven and a walk between towering peaks along the Lairigmor pass before arriving in Fort William.

Take a train and a ferry to the Isle of Skye, where you'll toast your trek with a whisky tasting at the Torabhaig Distillery, then join a fishing expert for a River Snizort excursion. A 4WD safari in Cairngorms National Park offers the chance to learn about conservation efforts and observe golden eagles and other wildlife as you pass through Caledonian pine forests. Board a train to Stirling and take a scenic walk, beginning amid medieval buildings and ending with views from Stirling Castle. Cap off your trip with a whisky experience in Edinburgh and a walk along the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Great Scottish Whisky Adventure

This distillery-hopping whisky adventure is ideal for whisky connoisseurs. You'll sample spirits at renowned distilleries that include Edradour and Blair Athol, make your own mini barrel at Speyside Cooperage, and tour the Raasay Whisky Trail. There are also opportunities to experience Scotland's natural environment with a sea kayaking tour at the Isle of Skye and a wild river fishing excursion in Killiehuntly. If you time your trip during the Highland Games at Blair Castle, you can attend this cultural celebration and sporting competition. 

Journey through the land of single malt with this 11-day Scottish whisky adventure
Journey through the land of single malt with this 11-day Scottish whisky adventure
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Holyrood Distillery Tour Edinburgh
Day 2 Visit Edradour Distillery, Drive to Pitlochry Pitlochry
Day 3 Explore Blair Castle, Blair Athol Distillery Tour & Highland Games Pitlochry
Day 4 Wild River Fishing Experience, Drive to Aviemore Aviemore
Day 5 Visit Speyside Cooperage, Aberlour Distillery Tour, Drive to Inverness Inverness
Day 6 Full-Day Speyside Whisky Trail Tour Inverness
Day 7 Drive to the Isle of Skye, Skye & Raasay Whisky Trail Tour Isle of Skye
Day 8 Guided Sea Kayak Experience Isle of Skye
Day 9 Drive to Oban, Oban Distillery Tour Oban
Day 10 Drive to Glasgow via Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Glasgow
Day 11 Clydeside Distillery Tour, Depart Glasgow  

Before you get your first sips of whisky, dive into Scotland's history and check out artworks in the Royal Collection on a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Then, tour the Holyrood Distillery and sample their locally-made spirits. On Day 2, pick up your rental car and head to Pitlochry, stopping at Scotland's smallest traditional distillery, Edradour, where you can sip single malts (if you're the driver, ask for "driver drams" to enjoy when you arrive at your hotel). Next, admire the gardens and Scots baronial architecture of Blair Castle before tasting whisky made from mountain water at Blair Athol.

Try your hand at wild river fishing in Killiehuntly, then continue to Speyside, where you'll build a mini barrel in a workshop at Speyside Cooperage and spend a full day distillery-hopping on the Speyside Whisky Trail. More whisky sipping and a sea kayaking adventure await on the Isle of Skye on Day 7, as well as whisky, gin, and chocolate tasting on the Isle of Raasay. Wrap up your journey with a seafood dinner (and more whisky!) in Oban, a hike in Trossachs National Park, and one final whisky tour and tasting at Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow before you depart. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Scotland & Ireland Road Trip: Cities, Castles & Parks

Perfect for history buffs and nature enthusiasts, this multicountry road trip includes historic walking tours in Edinburgh and Dublin, self-guided tours of the rock formations, waterfalls, and dramatic landscapes of the Isle of Skye and Trossachs National Park, a guided hike and wildlife spotting in Killarney National Park, and numerous opportunities to visit castles, including the purportedly haunted Leap Castle in Ireland's Hidden Heartlands.

Explore the historic highlights of Ireland, like Blarney Castle
Explore the historic highlights of Ireland, like Blarney Castle
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Edinburgh (Scotland), History Walking Tour Edinburgh
Day 2 Drive to Inverness via the Cairngorms Inverness
Day 3 Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle Tour Inverness
Day 4 Drive to Portree, Optional Activities Isle of Skye
Day 5 Explore the Isle of Skye & Whisky Tasting Isle of Skye
Day 6 Drive to Trossachs National Park Trossachs National Park
Day 7 Fly to Dublin (Ireland), Walking Tour Dublin
Day 8 Drive to Cork via Kilkenny, Blarney Castle & Kinsale Cork
Day 9 Drive to Killarney, Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour Killarney
Day 10 Drive to Birr via the Castles of the Hidden Heartlands Birr
Day 11 Drive to Dublin, Depart  

Grab your rental car on arrival in Edinburgh and meet your guide for a city tour that includes Edinburgh Castle and the subterranean vaults of the Underground City. The next day, head to Killiecrankie Gorge, where you can admire the views and learn about the battle that took place here before continuing to Inverness. Cruise Loch Ness and visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle, then drive to the Isle of Skye, where you'll appreciate its natural beauty on a self-guided tour that includes the rock pinnacle Old Man of Storr, the rushing waters of Kilt Rock Waterfall, and the volcanic terrain of the Quirang.

On Day 6, explore Trossachs National Park at your own pace, perhaps visiting the Falls of Dochart, before catching a flight to Dublin, Ireland, the following day. Join a walking tour that includes historic Dublin Castle, then drive to Cork, stopping to see the medieval walls of Kilkenny and the famous Blarney Stone. Meet a guide at Killarney National Park and hike to the lakes, where you may observe red deer and other wildlife. Finally, savor the slow-paced and fairy tale landscapes filled with hills and historic castles (including the haunted Leap Castle) as you travel through the Hidden Heartlands back to Dublin. Learn more

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Map of 11 Days in Scotland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 11 Days in Scotland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas