19 days in Scotland Itinerary

19 days in Scotland Itinerary

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19 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thurso
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Mallaig
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ballachulish
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Glasgow
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and 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. Traveling from Melbourne to Edinburgh, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Edinburgh are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Drumnadrochit (St Ninians Church & Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh), River Foyers (in Foyers) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). The adventure continues: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, get all the information you need at Culloden Battlefield, admire the landmark architecture of Wardlaw Mausoleum, and witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Inverness trip planner .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Inverness, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Aigas Field Centre, Wildwoodz, River Foyers
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
River Foyers ©
River Foyers

2
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at The Castle and Gardens of Mey, get great views at Duncansby Head, relax in the rural setting at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, then get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Melvich Beach, make a trip to Whaligoe Steps, then take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, and finally stroll through Dunnet Bay.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Thurso travel planning app .

You can drive from Inverness to Thurso in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Thurso are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mallaig.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

John O'Groats, Wick, Whaligoe Steps, Dunnet Bay, Melvich Beach
Highlights from your plan
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Dunnet Head ©
Dunnet Head

3
nights
Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mallaig: Kyle of Lochalsh (Eilean Donan Castle, Skye Bridge, & more), Loch Affric Circular Walk (in Beauly) and Plockton Harbour (in Plockton). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Camusdarach Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Morar Cross, and cruise along Morar Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Mallaig vacation maker site .

Drive from Thurso to Mallaig in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ballachulish.

Things to do in Mallaig

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyle of Lochalsh, Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, Plockton Harbour, Loch Affric Circular Walk
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Loch Affric Circular Walk ©
Loch Affric Circular Walk
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint

2
nights
Ballachulish

Ballachulish ©
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): have fun at Ice Factor, then appreciate the views at Glencoe, and then identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, then pause for some photo ops at The Glencoe Massacre Monument, and finally hike along Glencoe Lochan.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ballachulish trip planning site .

You can drive from Mallaig to Ballachulish in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Glencoe, Ice Factor, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

3
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at The Pirate and Bluebelle, explore the activities along Loch Lomond Park Centre, and then join the crowd at Glasgow Tigers Speedway.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glasgow online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Ballachulish to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. In October in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Pirate and Bluebelle
Highlights from your plan
Glasgow Tigers Speedway ©
Glasgow Tigers Speedway
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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