22 days in Scotland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland Itinerary

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22 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Redmond
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aviemore
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cromarty
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dornoch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lochinver
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Redmond

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, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh travel route website .

Redmond, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Redmond to Edinburgh. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Redmond in December, with highs in Edinburgh at 47°F and lows at 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

3
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Aviemore is known for nature, wildlife, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cairngorms National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Morlich, go for a walk through An Lochan Uaine (Green Loch), and sample the fine beverages at Speyside Distillery.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aviemore road trip app .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Aviemore, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cromarty.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Speyside Distillery, Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, Cairngorms National Park, Caorunn Gin Tour
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich

2
nights
Cromarty

Cromarty ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Nigg Old Church, then have fun at Nairn Leisure Centre, then enjoy some diversion at Bowhunter Archery, and finally get your game on at Wildwoodz. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at East Church, examine the collection at Cromarty Courthouse, don't miss a visit to Clootie Well, then look for gifts at Embrace Gift Shop, then don't miss a visit to Blackrock Caravan & Camping Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fyrish Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cromarty trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Cromarty takes 1.5 hours. December in Cromarty sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dornoch.

Things to do in Cromarty

Fun & Games Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Evanton, Nairn, Munlochy, Nigg Old Church, Embrace Gift Shop
Highlights from your plan
Bowhunter Archery ©
Bowhunter Archery
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
East Church ©
East Church

2
nights
Dornoch

Dornoch
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 12th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Helmsdale Beach, then look for gifts at Patchwork Paradise Vintage Tea Room & Gift Shop, and then see the interesting displays at Tain Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Ferrycroft Visitor Centre, then examine the collection at Tarbat Discovery Centre, then visit a coastal fixture at Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, and finally don't miss a visit to Carn Liath Broch.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dornoch trip tool .

Getting from Cromarty to Dornoch by car takes about an hour. December in Dornoch sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Dornoch

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Portmahomack, Tain, Helmsdale Beach, Ferrycroft Visitor Centre, Carn Liath Broch
Highlights from your plan
Tain Museum
Tain Museum
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse ©
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse
Tarbat Discovery Centre ©
Tarbat Discovery Centre

3
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Lochinver: Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Durness (Cairn House Gallery & Durness Deep Time). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch, admire the striking features of Hermit's Castle, and snap pictures at Kylesku Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lochinver travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Dornoch to Lochinver in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Durness, Kinlochbervie, Stac Pollaidh Mountain, Stoer Lighthouse, Kylesku Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Stac Pollaidh Mountain ©
Stac Pollaidh Mountain
Stoer Lighthouse ©
Stoer Lighthouse
Kylesku Bridge ©
Kylesku Bridge

3
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Gairloch: Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig), Strathcarron (Kishorn Selfie Box & Beinn Liath Mhor) and Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk (in Drumbuie). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Point Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Beinn Alligin, make a trip to Solas Gallery, and look for gifts at Treasure Chest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gairloch trip maker site .

Getting from Lochinver to Gairloch by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Strathcarron, Aultbea, Red Point Beach, Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, Beinn Alligin
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Glen Torridon ©
Glen Torridon
Beinn Alligin ©
Beinn Alligin

4
nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Roybridge (Cille Choirill Church & Tulloch Ringing Centre), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven). There's much more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Lochan, and learn about all things military at The Commando Museum.

Before you visit Fort William, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Gairloch to Fort William in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Roybridge, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Crombie Clay Shooting, Ice Factor
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Ice Factor ©
Ice Factor
Crombie Clay Shooting ©
Crombie Clay Shooting

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