9 - 10 Days in Scotland


How many days do you need to see the best of Scotland?

We recommend you allow 9 - 10 days in Scotland for a satisfying tour of the country’s diverse scenery and history.

A 10 day itinerary, such as the Best of Scotland tour plan, would let you spend:

  • 2 days in Edinburgh walking the historical streets and enjoying the cosmopolitan buzz.
  • 2 days on an Island to take in the slower pace of island life.
  • 2 days in the central Highlands exploring castles and whisky distilleries.
  • 1 or 2 days in the magnificent wild scenery of the North West Highlands.
  • 1 or 2 days around Fort William or Oban to explore famous places like Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Ben Nevis, or to bag a few more islands.
  • Maybe fit in a day in Glasgow which is quite a contrast compared to Edinburgh.

We have created a range of “Ready to Go” tour itineraries to help you plan a road trip suitable for 9 to 10 days in Scotland.

Some are designed for first time visitors and cater for the tourist that wants to experience all that makes Scotland memorable.

And some have “themes” where the tour routes are planned so that you can indulge your interest in castles, whisky, photography, island hopping or Scottish culture.

9 - 10 Day Tours from Edinburgh


Classic Scotland East to West

We call this the “Classic Scotland” as it is a tour plan that covers all the famous places that come to mind when you think of Scotland. This route works well as an itinerary for 9 days in Scotland and could be paced as follows.   >>> READ MORE

Map for one week in Scotland using the Classic Scotland itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 3 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry
  • Day 4 - Pitlochry to Inverness
  • Day 5 - Inverness to Skye
  • Day 6 - Tour Skye
  • Day 7 - Skye to Oban
  • Day 8 - Day trip to Mull & Iona 
  • Day 9 - Oban to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Scenic Flexi East to West

The Scenic Flexi tour plan caters for people who want to see a lot of Scotland, but also like the idea of staying 2 - 3 nights in each location. The tour is called “Flexi” as we provide lots of day trip options around Edinburgh, Inverness, Skye and Oban. So you can choose which day trips suit your interests best. An itinerary for 10 days could be scheduled as below.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 7 days in Scotland using Scenic Flexi Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 3 - Edinburgh to Inverness
  • Day 4 - Day trips from Inverness
  • Day 5 - Day trips from Inverness
  • Day 6 - Inverness to Skye
  • Day 7 - Tour Skye
  • Day 8 - Skye to Oban
  • Day 9 - Day trips from Oban
  • Day 10 - Oban to Glasgow / Edinburgh 

 

Best of Scotland East to West

Like the Scenic Flexi tour, this itinerary includes lots of day trip options to let you adapt the tour to your schedule and interest. The Best of Scotland takes you up to Gairloch in the North West Highlands. The scenery around Gairloch is stunning and Mike rates it as his favourite place in Scotland. For a Scotland Itinerary of 10 days duration, we suggest a schedule such as below.  >>> READ MORE

Map for a week in Scotland using the Best of Scotland itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 3 - Edinburgh to Cairngorms
  • Day 4 - Day trips from Cairngorms
  • Day 5 - Cairngorms to Gairloch
  • Day 6 - Gairloch to Skye
  • Day 7 - Tour Skye
  • Day 8 - Skye to Fort William / Glencoe
  • Day 9 - Day trips from Fort William
  • Day 10 - Fort William to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Scottish Treasures

We created this tour plan specifically for the first time visitor looking to do all the “must see” Scottish places. If doing this Scotland itinerary in 10 days, it means staying in 10 different locations. But the distances between stopovers are short and most driving legs are under 2 hours. If you don’t mind a series of 1 night stays, this tour works as a 10 day itinerary if scheduled as below.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 10 days in Scotland using Scottish Treasures Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh 
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Stirling / Trossachs
  • Day 3 - Stirling to St Andrews 
  • Day 4 - St Andrews to Pitlochry
  • Day 5 - Pitlochry to Royal Deeside
  • Day 6 - Royal Deeside to Speyside
  • Day 7 - Speyside to Inverness
  • Day 8 - Inverness to Skye
  • Day 9 - Skye to Oban
  • Day 10 - Oban to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Photographer's Scotland

Photo opportunities lie around every corner in the Highlands, so all our tours could claim this title. The difference with this itinerary is that we keep the driving times short from stopover to stopover so there is plenty of time to compose that iconic image. The tour route also explores some of the quieter corners, so your pictures won’t be “photo-bombed”. For a 10 day itinerary you can pace this road trip as below:    >>> READ MORE

May for 10 days in Scotland using Photographers Scotland itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Oban via Trossachs
  • Day 3 - Oban to Fort William via Glencoe
  • Day 4 - Fort William to Skye
  • Day 5 - Tour Skye
  • Day 6 - Skye to Gairloch
  • Day 7 - Gairloch to Inverness
  • Day 8 - Day trips from Inverness
  • Day 9 - Inverness to Royal Deeside
  • Day 10 - Return to Edinburgh

 

Classic Whisky

This whisky themed tour itinerary takes you around distilleries that represent the different characteristics of Lowland, Highland, Speyside and Island malts. The route is similar to our Scottish Treasures itinerary, so you mix whisky with lots of famous attractions. If paced over 10 days, this tour plan allows several 2 night stopovers along the route.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 10 days in Scotland using Classic Whisky itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry
  • Day 3 - Pitlochry to Royal Deeside
  • Day 4 - Royal Deeside to Speyside
  • Day 5 - Speyside to Inverness
  • Day 6 - Day trips from Inverness
  • Day 7 - Inverness to Skye
  • Day 8 - Tour Skye
  • Day 9 - Skye to Oban
  • Day 10 - Oban to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Classic Castles

You could spend a year in Scotland not see all of its castles, but 10 days does give you enough time to visit the truly memorable ones. Highlights along this route are Stirling Castle, Blair Castle, Crathes and Castle Fraser, Cawdor Castle, Dunrobin, Eilean Donan, Castle Stalker and Inveraray. But that’s just the famous ones, there’s lots more to be discovered. You can pace this itinerary over 10 days as follows:   >>> READ MORE

Map for 10 days in Scotland using Classic Castles itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 3 - Edinburgh to Pitlochry
  • Day 4 - Pitlochry to Royal Deeside
  • Day 5 - Royal Deeside Day Trip
  • Day 6 - Royal Deeside to Inverness
  • Day 7 - Day trips from Inverness
  • Day 8 - Inverness to Oban
  • Day 9 - Oban to Inveraray
  • Day 10 - Inveraray to Glasgow / Edinburgh

 

Scottish Inspirations

We called this tour plan “Scottish Inspirations” because it visits places associated with Scotland’s famous artists and writers. This is a good itinerary for a road trip in Scotland if you want to see places that are not on the mainstream tourist trail. You can walk in the steps of Robert Burns and Walter Scott, or discover the places that feature in classic Scottish novels. For a road trip of 9 days in Scotland, we suggest this schedule:   >>> READ MORE

Map for 9 days in Scotland using Scottish Inspirations itinerary

  • Day 1 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 2 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 3 - Edinburgh to The Borders (Melrose / Jedburgh)
  • Day 4 - The Borders to Solway Coast
  • Day 5 - Solway Coast to Ayr
  • Day 6 - Day Trip to Glasgow
  • Day 7 - Ayr to Oban
  • Day 8 - Oban to Pitlochry via Glencoe
  • Day 9 - Pitlochry to Edinburgh

 

9 - 10 Day Tours from Glasgow


Classic Scotland West to East

The “Classic Scotland” tour plan features all the iconic places that Scotland is best known for. A good choice if you are a first time visitor and wish a fairly relaxed pace. If scheduling this itinerary for 9 days in Scotland, we suggest you pace as below.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 7 days in Scotland using Classic Scotland Itinerary from Glasgow

  • Day 1 - Arrive Glasgow 
  • Day 2 - Glasgow to Oban
  • Day 3 - Day trip to Mull & Iona from Oban
  • Day 4 - Oban to Skye
  • Day 5 - Tour Skye
  • Day 6 - Skye to Inverness
  • Day 7 - Inverness to Pitlochry
  • Day 8 - Pitlochry to Edinburgh
  • Day 9 - Explore Edinburgh

 

Scenic Flexi West to East

The Scenic Flexi tour plan caters for people who want to see a lot of Scotland, but also like the idea of staying 2 - 3 nights in each location. The tour is called “Flexi” as we provide lots of day trip options around Oban, Skye, Inverness and Edinburgh. So you can choose which day trips suit your interests best. An itinerary for 9 days could be paced as below.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 7 days in Scotland using Scenic Flexi Itinerary from Glasgow

  • Day 1 - Glasgow to Oban
  • Day 2 - Day trips from Oban
  • Day 3 - Oban to Skye
  • Day 4 - Tour Skye
  • Day 5 - Skye to Inverness
  • Day 6 - Day trips from Inverness
  • Day 7 - Inverness to Edinburgh
  • Day 8 - Explore Edinburgh
  • Day 9 - Explore Edinburgh / Return to Glasgow

 

Best of Scotland West to East

Like the Scenic Flexi tour, this itinerary includes lots of day trip options to let you adapt the tour to your schedule and interest. The Best of Scotland takes you up to Gairloch in the North West Highlands. The scenery around Gairloch is stunning and Mike rates it as his favourite place in Scotland. For 10 days in Scotland, we’d suggest a schedule as shown below.  >>> READ MORE

Map for 8 days in Scotland using Best of Scotland itinerary from Glasgow

  • Day 1 - Glasgow to Fort William
  • Day 2 - Day trips from Fort William
  • Day 3 - Fort William to Skye
  • Day 4 - Tour Skye
  • Day 5 - Skye to Gairloch
  • Day 6 - Day trips from Gairloch
  • Day 7 - Gairloch to Cairngorms
  • Day 8 - Day trips from Cairngorms
  • Day 9 - Cairngorms to Edinburgh
  • Day 10 - Discover Edinburgh

 

Island Adventure

Eash Scottish Island has its own distinct character and stepping off the ferry onto a new island is always a thrill. You can enjoy that thrill again and again with our Island Adventure tour plan which hops up the west coast from Arran to Mull and then to Skye. If you are scheduling 2 nights on each island, you can do this itinerary in 10 days by pacing it as follows.   >>> READ MORE

Map for 10 days in Scotland using Island Adventure itinerary

  • Day 1 - Glasgow to Arran
  • Day 2 - Explore Arran
  • Day 3 - Arran to Oban
  • Day 4 - Oban to Mull
  • Day 5 - Explore Mull, Iona & Staffa
  • Day 6 - Mull to Skye
  • Day 7 - Explore Skye
  • Day 8 - Skye to Fort William
  • Day 9 - Fort William to Edinburgh / Glasgow
  • Day 10 - Explore Edinburgh / Glasgow

 

Island Odyssey

Scottish Islands offer a unique holiday experience and 10 days gives you enough time to visit Skye and the Western Isles. The Ferry times to / from Lewis & Harris aren’t always when you’d want, but this itinerary can work with 10 days if paced like this:   >>> READ MORE

Map for 10 days in Scotland using Island Odyssey itinerary

  • Day 1 - Glasgow to Fort William
  • Day 2 - Fort William to Skye
  • Day 3 - Tour Skye
  • Day 4 - Skye to Harris
  • Day 5 - Tour Harris
  • Day 6 - Tour Lewis
  • Day 7 - Lewis to Ullapool
  • Day 8 - Ullapool to Cairngorms
  • Day 9 - Cairngorms to Edinburgh
  • Day 10 - Discover Edinburgh

 

9 to 10 Day Tours from Inverness


North Coast 500

You can drive the NC500 in 5 days, but why would you want to rush this beautiful landscape? The best way to plan a North Coast 500 itinerary is to schedule in lots of 2 night stays so you have time to explore the quiet corners. Although it’s not part of the NC500, we also include a guide for exploring Orkney. For a relaxed 9 day North Coast 500 itinerary, you schedule a tour as follows:    >>> READ MORE

Map for NC500 in a week

  • Day 1 - Arrive Inverness 
  • Day 2 - Inverness Day trips
  • Day 3 - Inverness to Gairloch
  • Day 4 - Day trip to Applecross
  • Day 5 - Gairloch to Ullapool
  • Day 6 - Day trip around Inverpollaidh
  • Day 7 - Ullapool to Thurso
  • Day 8 - Day trip to Orkney 
  • Day 9 - Thurso to Inverness

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