29 days in Scotland Itinerary

29 days in Scotland Itinerary

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29 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
train:  6​h 30​min
1
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Inverness
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Edinburgh
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Aberdeen
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
End: Edinburgh

2
nights
Wick

Wick ©
Get some historical perspective at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust and Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duncansby Head and Hill O' Many Stanes. Venture out of the city with trips to Dunbeath (Dunbeath Preservation Trust & Laidhay Croft Museum), Dunnet Head Lighthouse (in Dunnet) and Castlehill Heritage Centre (in Castletown).

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wick trip planning app .

Edinburgh to Wick is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Wick can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Thurso, Dunbeath, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Clan Gunn Museum, Dunnet Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse

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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Russian Arctic Convoy Museum and Carron Pottery. Step off the beaten path and head to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint and Corrieshalloch Gorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Gairloch: Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt), Stoer Lighthouse (in Lairg) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's much more to do: stroll through Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry, enjoy the sand and surf at Mellon Udrigle Beach, and trek along Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.

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You can drive from Wick to Gairloch in 3.5 hours. September in Gairloch sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Strathcarron, Kinlochewe, Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Eilean Donan Castle, Ardvreck Castle
Highlights from your plan
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle

6
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Culloden Battlefield and Fort George. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) and Distillery Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Tarbat Discovery Centre (in Portmahomack), Dornoch Cathedral (in Dornoch) and Knockando Woolmill (in Aberlour). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, examine the collection at Morayvia, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Strathfarrar.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness online trip builder .

Drive from Gairloch to Inverness in 2 hours. In September in Inverness, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Dornoch Cathedral, Culloden Battlefield, Knockando Woolmill
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Dornoch Cathedral ©
Dornoch Cathedral

5
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. Visit Glenfinnan Viaduct and Fort Augustus Abbey for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate West Highland Museum and Ocean Explorer Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Castle Stalker (in Appin), Kilchurn Castle (in Dalmally) and St. Conan’s Kirk (in Loch Awe). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, explore the ancient world of Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, Kilchurn Castle, Ocean Explorer Centre, Castle Stalker
Highlights from your plan
West Highland Museum ©
West Highland Museum
St. Conan’s Kirk
St. Conan’s Kirk
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

8
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bamburgh Castle and Culzean Castle. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Yacht Britannia and Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Doune Castle (in Doune), The Tenement House (in Glasgow) and Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Discovery Point, admire the landmark architecture of Craigmillar Castle, contemplate the long history of Inchcolm Abbey and Island, and admire the masterpieces at Paxton House.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip maker tool .

You can drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cragside House and Gardens, Paxton House, Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum, Culzean Castle, Bamburgh Castle
Highlights from your plan
Inchcolm Abbey and Island ©
Inchcolm Abbey and Island
Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

2
nights
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Aberdeen Maritime Museum and University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life. Get out of town with these interesting Aberdeen side-trips: Grampian Transport Museum (in Alford), Edzell Castle and Garden (in Edzell) and Huntly Castle (in Huntly). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at King's College Chapel, don't miss a visit to Kirk of St. Nicholas, get engrossed in the history at King's Museum - Old Town House, and step into the grandiose world of Slains Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Aberdeen holiday maker site .

Take a train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Huntly Castle, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Edzell Castle and Garden, Grampian Transport Museum
Highlights from your plan
Aberdeen Maritime Museum ©
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Huntly Castle ©
Huntly Castle
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre ©

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