22 days in Scotland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Dornoch
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Drumnadrochit
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ballachulish
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Fort William
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel (in Glasgow) and Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines (in Errol). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and browse the exhibits of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Edinburgh, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

3
nights
Durness

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dun Dornaigil Broch and Ardvreck Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach) and Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Durness itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dornoch.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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Dornoch

Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Glenmorangie Distillery, then explore the historical opulence of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral. On the next day, stop by The Carnegie Whisky Cellars, then tee off at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, then get engrossed in the history at Historylinks Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dornoch Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dornoch trip planner.

You can drive from Durness to Dornoch in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Dornoch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Dornoch

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

2
nights
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'. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, then rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Nessieland, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, then delve into the distant past at Corrimony Chambered Cairn, then go for a walk through St Ninians Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Drumnadrochit trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dornoch to Drumnadrochit in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Drumnadrochit are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ballachulish.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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Ballachulish

The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ballachulish online journey planner.

Drive from Drumnadrochit to Ballachulish in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll set off for Fort William on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Ballachulish

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

4
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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. Museum-lovers will get to explore West Highland Museum and Treasures of the Earth. Popular historic sites such as Glenfinnan Viaduct and Old Inverlochy Castle are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Neptune's Staircase, pause for some photo ops at Seated Sculpture, and take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fort William trip builder.

Fort William is very close to Ballachulish. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.