Scotland Early September Itinerary Advice

Hello! I’m planning a 10day trip to Scotland for the beginning of September and would love any and all advice. I’m a fairly experienced solo traveller and I’ll be using public transit. I know everyone says to drive in Scotland but I’m wary of driving on the other side of the road and I honestly enjoy getting to know a place through public transit.

I’m hoping to do some hiking, learn about scotland, and drink whiskey of course. I’m always up for any interesting cultural things or good food.

The only things I have booked are my flights and the first two nights in Glasgow. I’m trying to do a mix of main stops but also leave room for things more off the beaten path.

Would folks recommend making Island of Skye its own stop? Someone on here recommended the Rabbie’s isle of skye tour which seemed like a good deal. Are there any particular hikes in these areas you recommend? Is it better to stay in Fort William or Glencoe?


Day 1: Glasgow, arriving in the evening

Day 2: Glasgow

* Explore Glasgow, Mural Trail

Day 3: Oban

* West Highland Line to Oban
* Stop in Arrochar & Tarbet for Loch Lomond cruise

Day 4: Oban

* Ferry to Mull/Iona or other island?

Day 5: Fort William/Glencoe

* Train from Oban
* Hike Pap of Glencoe

Day 6: Fort William/Glencoe

* Ben Nevis? Other hikes?

Day 7: Inverness

* bus to inverness
* Loch Ness

Day 8: Inverness

* Rabbie’s Isle of Skye tour

Day 9: Edinburgh

* train to Edinburgh
* stop in Aviemore or Stirling?

Day 10: Edinburgh

* Explore Edinburgh
* Arthur’s Seat & Castle

Day 11: Edinburgh

* Explore Edinburgh
* Scottish National Museum

Day 12

* Leave Edinburgh early morning