13 days in Scotland Itinerary

13 days in Scotland Itinerary

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13 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Glencoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Lochinver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Aviemore
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + foot + Fly:  29​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visiting Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Scotland and Royal Yacht Britannia. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, view the masterpieces at Stills Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Edinburgh are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

2
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the activities along Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, then identify plant and animal life at Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Glencoe Lochan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters, then look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Glencoe Massacre Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Glencoe travel route planner .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glencoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Glencoe are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan

1
night
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Little Assynt Estate, kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, and then kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lochinver online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Lochinver takes 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Glencoe in May: highs in Lochinver hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

2
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 12th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Balnakeil Craft Village, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oldshoremore Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Durness driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Lochinver to Durness in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach

2
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Loch Morlich, look for all kinds of wild species at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Garten Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, then see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Ruthven Barracks.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aviemore trip planner .

Traveling by car from Durness to Aviemore takes 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Newtonmore, Abernethy National Nature Reserve, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich

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