28 days in Scotland Itinerary

28 days in Scotland Itinerary

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28 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Aviemore
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Drumnadrochit
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Ballachulish
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Adelaide

4
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with a short trip to Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glenmore Forest Park, head outdoors with Aviemore Ospreys, sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Gynack.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aviemore online trip maker .

Sydney, Australia to Aviemore is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Aviemore is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Aviemore: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cairngorms National Park, Highland Folk Museum, Grantown Antiques and Collectables, Loch Gynack
Highlights from your plan
Glenmore Forest Park ©
Glenmore Forest Park
Loch Gynack ©
Loch Gynack

2
nights
Wick

Wick ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Melvich Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Seadrift Visitor Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, get great views at Dunnet Head, then stroll through Dunnet Bay, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wick trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Wick takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Wick

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Thurso, Duncansby Head, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Melvich Beach, Seadrift Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Melvich Beach ©
Melvich Beach

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to 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, make a trip to Clachtoll Broch, take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Kirkaig, and explore the activities along Achmelvich Bay.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lochinver tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Wick to Lochinver by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lochinver can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gairloch: Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve (in Garve) and Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, trek along Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Project, and stroll through Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch trip maker website .

Drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Russian Arctic Convoy Project, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Mellon Udrigle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gruinard Bay Caravan Park ©
Gruinard Bay Caravan Park
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Beinn Eighe National 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'. Change things up with these side-trips from Drumnadrochit: Beauly (Glen Strathfarrar, Loch Affric Circular Walk, & more), Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin (in Cannich) and River Foyers (in Foyers). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, explore the ancient world of Corrimony Chambered Cairn, and go for a walk through St Ninians Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Drumnadrochit trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Drumnadrochit takes 2 hours. October in Drumnadrochit sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Ballachulish.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, River Foyers
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
River Foyers ©
River Foyers
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh ©
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

3
nights
Ballachulish

Ballachulish ©
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Venture out of the city with trips to Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (in Strontian). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, trek along Glencoe Lochan, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and stroll through Lost Valley Trail.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ballachulish visit planner .

You can drive from Drumnadrochit to Ballachulish in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ballachulish to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. October in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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