29 days in Scotland Itinerary

29 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Glasgow
— 3 nights
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Fort William
— 4 nights
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive
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St. Andrews
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 7 nights
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Glasgow

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Loch Lomond (in Stirling) and A D Rattray Whisky Shop (in Kirkoswald). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Glasgow Cenotaph, and contemplate the long history of The Mackintosh House.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Glasgow vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Los Angeles, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Glasgow is 8 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in Glasgow hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Buachaille Etive Mor (in Ballachulish), Cille Choirill Church (in Roybridge) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fort William online tour planner.

You can drive from Glasgow to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

3
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Kyle of Lochalsh

Explore Kyle of Lochalsh's surroundings by going to Reraig Forest (in Strathcarron), Gairloch (Treasure Chest, Shieldaig Falconry, &more) and Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross).

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyle of Lochalsh driving holiday site.

Drive from Fort William to Kyle of Lochalsh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

3
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Durness

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Lochinver (Little Assynt Estate & Achmelvich Beach), Dun Dornaigil Broch (in Altnaharra) and Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum (in Assynt). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, browse the exhibits of Wee Gallery, and stop by Mudness Ceramics.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durness journey planning app.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Durness in 3.5 hours. In December in Durness, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

5
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Inverness

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Grantown Antiques and Collectables (in Grantown-on-Spey), Aviemore (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Loch Morlich, &more) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). The adventure continues: stroll through Loch Ness, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Kirk Yard, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Inverness online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Inverness sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to St. Andrews.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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St. Andrews

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): play a few rounds at St Andrews Links, then have fun at The Scottish Clay Shooting Centre, and then stroll around Craigtoun Country Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along St Monans Harbour, then look for gifts at Ardross Farm Shop, then kick back and relax at Elie Beach, and finally play a few rounds at Kingsbarns Golf Links.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Andrews trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Inverness to St. Andrews in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in St. Andrews sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in St. Andrews

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Edinburgh

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh day trip planning app.

You can drive from St. Andrews to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Scotland travel guide

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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.