12 days in Scotland & Newcastle upon Tyne Itinerary

12 days in Scotland & Newcastle upon Tyne Itinerary

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Inverness
— 2 nights
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John O'Groats
— 1 night
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Ballater
— 1 night
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Stirling
— 1 night
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Melrose
— 1 night
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Newcastle upon Tyne
— 2 nights
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Inverness

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Urquhart Castle and Fort George will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cawdor Castle and Culloden Battlefield. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Inverness trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Inverness is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Inverness. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, expect Inverness to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to John O'Groats.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

John O'Groats

— 1 night
On the 10th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, get great views at Duncansby Head, pause for some serene contemplation at Canisbay Parish Church, then sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, then visit a coastal fixture at Dunnet Head Lighthouse, and finally get advice or help at Seadrift Visitor Centre.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read John O'Groats trip planner.

Getting from Inverness to John O'Groats by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ballater.

Things to do in John O'Groats

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

Ballater

— 1 night
Ballater is a burgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on the River Dee, immediately east of the Cairngorm Mountains. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Balmoral Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Braemar Castle, then pause for some photo ops at War Memorial, and finally explore the activities along Loch Muick.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballater trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from John O'Groats to Ballater takes 4.5 hours. August in Ballater sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stirling.

Things to do in Ballater

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Stirling

— 1 night
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at National Wallace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Doune Castle, see the interesting displays at Great Kitchens, then step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Rude.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Stirling online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ballater to Stirling takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Stirling are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Visit The Real Mary King's Close and St Giles' Cathedral for their historical value. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stirling to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Melrose.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

Melrose

— 1 night
Melrose is a small town and civil parish in the Scottish Borders, historically in Roxburghshire. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Melrose Abbey, then admire the striking features of Abbotsford House, then admire the natural beauty at Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre, and finally make a trip to Carter Bar.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Melrose trip tool.

Getting from Edinburgh to Melrose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Melrose

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Newcastle upon Tyne

— 2 nights

Student City

One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Warkworth Castle & Hermitage, then step into the grandiose world of The Alnwick Garden, and then admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Victoria Tunnel and then wander the streets of The Quayside.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Newcastle upon Tyne trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Melrose to Newcastle upon Tyne by car takes about 2 hours. August in Newcastle upon Tyne sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Scotland travel guide

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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.