21 days in Scotland Itinerary

21 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Gairloch
— 2 nights
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Lochinver
— 1 night
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Durness
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Science Centre. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, pause for some photo ops at David Livingstone Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, and stroll around Kelvingrove Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow itinerary planner.

Cardiff to Glasgow is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cardiff in July, plan for little chillier nights in Glasgow, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort William

— 2 nights
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. On the 28th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and finally identify plant and animal life at Glen Coe Photography Safari. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, and finally identify plant and animal life at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Inverness

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Family-friendly places like Landmark Forest Adventure Park and Loch Ness will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Morayvia (in Kinloss), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and Loch Morlich (in Aviemore). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Inverness route planning app.

You can drive from Fort William to Inverness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Inverness sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Gairloch

— 2 nights
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. On the 3rd (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Project, look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Maree, look for gifts at Treasure Chest, then kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, then get outside with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, and then get engrossed in the history at Gairloch Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gairloch trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Inverness to Gairloch in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lochinver

— 1 night
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. On the 5th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, then kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Hermit's Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lochinver vacation website.

Drive from Gairloch to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Durness

— 4 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Attractions like Durness Beach and Balnakeil Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach, Sandwood Bay Beach, &more), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Bettyhill (Farr Stone & Farr Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, stroll through Rispond Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, and explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Durness trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Durness takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Durness are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Attractions like Edinburgh Castle and Walking tours make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Pirate Boats (in Dundee), The Bunnet Stane (in Gateside) and St Andrews Links (in St. Andrews). There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Royal Mile, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For photos and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Durness to Edinburgh in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.