22 days in Scotland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland Itinerary

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22 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Maastricht
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  8​h 30​min
1
Aviemore
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Wick
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Drumnadrochit
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ballachulish
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
End: Maastricht

3
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Highland Folk Museum and Ruthven Barracks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Rothiemurchus, take in nature's colorful creations at Boat of Garten Community Garden, and stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aviemore road trip planning site .

Maastricht, Holland to Aviemore is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Maastricht to Aviemore is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Maastricht in June, expect Aviemore to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kingussie, Newtonmore
Highlights from your plan
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes

3
nights
Wick

Wick ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wick Heritage Museum and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. Get out of town with these interesting Wick side-trips: Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust (in Thurso), Portmahomack (Tarbat Ness Lighthouse & Tarbat Discovery Centre) and Holburn Head Lighthouse (in Scrabster).

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wick online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Aviemore to Wick by car takes about 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Portmahomack, Thurso, Clan Gunn Museum, Dunbeath Preservation Trust, Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop
Highlights from your plan
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Tarbat Discovery Centre ©
Tarbat Discovery Centre
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eilean Donan Castle and Russian Arctic Convoy Project. Change things up with these side-trips from Gairloch: Ullapool (Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve & Inverpolly Nature Reserve) and Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve (in Garve). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Loch Maree, look for gifts at Treasure Chest, and stroll through Mellon Udrigle Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch journey maker app .

You can drive from Wick to Gairloch in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Gairloch are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ullapool, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Eilean Donan Castle, Russian Arctic Convoy Project, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve

3
nights
Drumnadrochit

Drumnadrochit ©
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Get some cultural insight at Corrimony Chambered Cairn and General Wade’s Military Roads. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, examine the collection at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, take in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church, and steep yourself in history at Urquhart Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Drumnadrochit trip planner .

Getting from Gairloch to Drumnadrochit by car takes about 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ballachulish.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Glen Affric National Nature Reserve ©
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

3
nights
Ballachulish

Ballachulish ©
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Step out of Ballachulish with an excursion to Glen Etive in Glencoe Village--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ballachulish attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Drumnadrochit to Ballachulish takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ballachulish are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glencoe Village, Ice Factor, 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

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. The adventure continues: take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ballachulish to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dalhousie Castle Falconry
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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