24 days in Scotland Itinerary

24 days in Scotland Itinerary

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24 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  28​h
1
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Aviemore
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Ben Nevis and Steall Waterfall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenfinnan (Glenfinnan Church & Glenfinnan Viaduct), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, look for gifts at The Granite House, appreciate the history behind Seated Sculpture, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at MacIntosh Parish Church.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Fort William is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Fort William due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Inveraray, Glencoe Village, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

2
nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Skye Blue Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, then explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Skye Museum of Island Life, explore the striking landscape at Neist Point, and then stop by Hebridean Isles Trading Company -Island at the Edge.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye trip planner .

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point
Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life

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. Shop till you drop at Perfume Studio and Ullapool Market. Step out of the city life by going to Corrieshalloch Gorge and Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Gairloch side-trips: Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve (in Garve), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and RhueArt (in Rhue). The adventure continues: hike along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, and look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Gairloch online travel route planner .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Gairloch by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ullapool, Kinlochewe, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, Perfume Studio, Eilean Donan Castle
Highlights from your plan
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©

3
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Take a break from the city and head to Smoo Cave and Balnakeil Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie), Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island) and Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Durness Beach, kick back and relax at Sango Bay, and look for gifts at The Rock Stop Coffee Shop and Exhibition.

To find out how to plan a trip to Durness, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gairloch to Durness in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Rock Stop Coffee Shop and Exhibition, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, Ardvreck Castle, Sandwood Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve ©
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve

3
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and Highland Folk Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Rothiemurchus. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cairngorm Mountain, look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, browse the exhibits of Fused and Light, and take in the exciting artwork at Carrbridge Artists Studio.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aviemore trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Durness to Aviemore in 3.5 hours. September in Aviemore sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Newtonmore, Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, and finally contemplate the long history of Skara Brae. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Tomb of the Eagles, then contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness, and then explore the ancient world of Maeshowe.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kirkwall driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Aviemore to Kirkwall in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kirkwall can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stenness, Stromness, Tomb of the Eagles, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Tomb of the Eagles ©
Tomb of the Eagles

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Glamis Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Doune Castle (in Doune) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, steep yourself in history at Advocate's Close, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at The Red Door Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rosslyn Chapel, Doune Castle, Glamis Castle
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle

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