29 days in Scotland Itinerary

29 days in Scotland Itinerary

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29 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Gairloch
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Pitlochry
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Inverness

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 Wardlaw Mausoleum. Take a break from the city and head to Cairngorm Mountain and RSPB - Insh Marshes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie), Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy) and Boat of Garten Community Garden (in Boat of Garten). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Divach Falls, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort George, and browse for treasures at Iain Marr Antiques.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Inverness is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam to Inverness, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Inverness. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore, Beauly, Kingussie, Culloden Battlefield, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Visit Ardvreck Castle and Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Smoo Cave and Ullapool Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Lochinver: RhueArt (in Rhue), Ullapool (Ullapool Hill, Lael Forest Walks, & more) and Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Little Assynt Estate, explore the activities along Culag Woods, and take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Kirkaig.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Lochinver online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Lochinver takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lochinver can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ullapool, Assynt, Falls of Kirkaig, Sandwood Bay Beach, Alladale Wilderness Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Culag Woods ©
Culag Woods
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve

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. Step out of the city life by going to Corrieshalloch Gorge and Flowerdale Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gairloch: Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon), Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve (in Garve) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry, contemplate the waterfront views at Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, tee off at Gairloch Golf Club, and admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gairloch trip planning tool .

Drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Gairloch are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, Eilean Donan Castle, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Highlights from your plan
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to The Quiraing and Claigan Coral Beach. Explore hidden gems such as The Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point, get your game on at A.C.E Target Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Portree Harbour, and don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye day trip planning website .

Getting from Gairloch to Isle of Skye by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

4
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glenfinnan Monument will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Glenfinnan Church (in Glenfinnan) and Fort Augustus (Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, Fort Augustus Abbey, & more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some photo ops at Peace Memorial, and look for all kinds of wild species at Glencoe Lochan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fort William trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Fort Augustus, Glencoe Village, Glen Coe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

3
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Get some historical perspective at Glamis Castle and The Scottish Crannog Centre. Visiting Faskally Wood and Falls of Dochart will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Scone Palace in Perth (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: hike along The Birks of Aberfeldy, go for a walk through Birnam Oak, see the interesting displays at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Watermill.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pitlochry trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Fort William to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aberfeldy, Birnam Oak, Falls of Dochart, Glamis Castle, The Scottish Crannog Centre
Highlights from your plan
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
The Birks of Aberfeldy ©
The Birks of Aberfeldy
Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Arthur's Seat and Dalhousie Castle Falconry. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rosslyn Chapel and Doune Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to National Wallace Monument (in Stirling), Culzean Castle (in Ayr) and The Necropolis (in Glasgow). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, and stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Stirling, Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Culzean Castle, The Necropolis, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle

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