28 days in Scotland Itinerary

28 days in Scotland Itinerary

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28 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Ballachulish
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Aviemore
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Gairloch
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Drumnadrochit
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh driving holiday tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Edinburgh is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. In October in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ballachulish.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

3
nights
Ballachulish

Ballachulish ©
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ballachulish: Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (in Strontian) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ballachulish itinerary builder .

Getting from Edinburgh to Ballachulish by car takes about 3 hours. October in Ballachulish sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Glencoe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

5
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 Glenmore Forest Park, identify plant and animal life at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, hike along Speyside Way Long Distance Trail, and play a few rounds at Kingussie Golf Club.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aviemore trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Ballachulish to Aviemore takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kingussie, Cairngorms National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glenmore Forest Park ©
Glenmore Forest Park
Craigellachie National Nature Reserve ©
Loch Gynack ©
Loch Gynack

2
nights
Wick

Wick ©
On the 21st (Mon), explore the activities along Melvich Beach, take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and finally take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, stroll through Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dunnet Bay, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wick vacation builder app .

Getting from Aviemore to Wick by car takes about 3 hours. October in Wick sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Wick

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Thurso, Melvich Beach, Dunnet Bay Distillery, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Duncansby Head
Highlights from your plan
Melvich Beach ©
Melvich Beach
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe ©
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lochinver: Durness (Durness Beach & Sango Bay), Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve (in Ullapool) and Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, explore the activities along Culag Woods, admire the striking features of Hermit's Castle, and admire the sheer force of Falls of Kirkaig.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lochinver travel route site .

Getting from Wick to Lochinver by car takes about 3 hours. October in Lochinver sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Durness, Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, Sandwood Bay Beach, Falls of Kirkaig, Achnahaird Bay
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Achnahaird Bay ©
Achnahaird Bay
Achmelvich Bay ©
Achmelvich Bay

5
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon), Garve (Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve & Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve) and Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross). There's still lots to do: get outside with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, explore the activities along Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, and don't miss a visit to Solas Gallery.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Gairloch fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Garve, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Highlights from your plan
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Gairloch Golf Club ©
Gairloch Golf Club
Flowerdale Waterfall ©
Flowerdale Waterfall

4
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'. Change things up with these side-trips from Drumnadrochit: Beauly (Glen Strathfarrar, Robertsons, & more), River Foyers (in Foyers) and Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin (in Cannich). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, make a trip to Village Green, and steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Drumnadrochit travel planning site .

You can drive from Gairloch to Drumnadrochit in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Beauly, Fort Augustus, Struy, Dog Falls, River Foyers
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
River Foyers ©
River Foyers
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh ©
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

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