23 days in Scotland Itinerary

23 days in Scotland Itinerary

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23 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  21​h
1
Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lochinver
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Mallaig
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Glencoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Austin

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Escape the urban bustle at River Foyers and Ticket To Ride - Bike Hire. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Urquhart Castle and Scottish Flair Fine Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Fort Augustus (Ness E' Bikes & Fort Augustus) and Foyers (The Falls of Foyers & Hillside Path). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Loch Affric Circular Walk, steep yourself in history at Culloden Battlefield, head outdoors with Black Isle Bicycles, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old High Church, Inverness.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Inverness itinerary maker.

Austin, USA to Inverness is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Austin to Inverness due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Austin in October: high temperatures in Inverness hover around 54°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Foyers, Fort Augustus, Black Isle Bicycles, Loch Affric Circular Walk, Culloden Battlefield
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Loch Affric Circular Walk ©
Loch Affric Circular Walk
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

3
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Visiting Durness Beach and Balnakeil Bay will get you outdoors. Step out of Durness with an excursion to Oldshoremore Beach in Kinlochbervie--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rispond Beach, explore the activities along Sango Bay, and take in the awesome beauty at Ben Stack.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Durness custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Durness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

2
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. On the 16th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Falls of Kirkaig, explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle, and then stroll through Achmelvich Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Scourie Bay and then kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lochinver online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Mallaig.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ardvreck Castle, Falls of Kirkaig, Scourie Bay, Clachtoll Beach Campsite
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Falls of Kirkaig ©
Falls of Kirkaig
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach

3
nights
Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Get some historical perspective at Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct. Get a sense of the local culture at Glenfinnan Monument and Land Sea and Islands Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mallaig: Plockton (Plockton Harbour & Kayaking & Canoeing). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach, take a memorable drive along Silver Sands of Morar, and take an in-depth tour of Mallaig Heritage Centre.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mallaig itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Mallaig takes 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Mallaig can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Glencoe.

Things to do in Mallaig

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arisaig, Glenfinnan, Plockton Harbour, Eilean Donan Castle
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument

4
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Visiting Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Glen Etive will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Glencoe side-trips: Ben Nevis (in Fort William) and Nevis Range Mountain Resort (in Torlundy). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Glencoe, explore the activities along Loch Linnhe, play a few rounds at The Dragons Tooth Golf Course, and don't miss a visit to Holroyd Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glencoe vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mallaig to Glencoe takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort William, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Loch Linnhe, Holroyd Gallery
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at The Royal Mile and The Real Mary King's Close. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, stroll through Calton Hill, contemplate the long history of Georgian House, and sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh custom trip planner.

Getting from Glencoe to Edinburgh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

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