30 days in Scotland Itinerary

30 days in Scotland Itinerary

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30 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28​h
1
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Thurso
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lochinver
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Edinburgh
— 7 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly), Aviemore (Loch Morlich & River Rafting & Tubing) and Corrimony Chambered Cairn (in Drumnadrochit). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, have some family-friendly fun at Wildwoodz, explore the striking landscape of Cairngorms National Park, and contemplate the long history of Fort George.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Inverness day trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Inverness is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Inverness, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Inverness are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Aigas Field Centre, Corrimony Chambered Cairn, Wildwoodz, Cawdor Castle
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park

3
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Thurso: Brora Beach (in Brora), John O'Groats (Duncansby Head & Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop) and Helmsdale (The Emigrants & River Helmsdale). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd, explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and make a trip to Whaligoe Steps.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Thurso travel route site .

You can drive from Inverness to Thurso in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wick, John O'Groats, Helmsdale, Brora Beach, Whaligoe Steps
Highlights from your plan
Brora Beach ©
Brora Beach
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©

3
nights
Durness

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: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island) and Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Balnakeil Craft Village, stroll through Sango Bay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lotte Glob.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Thurso to Durness takes 2 hours. In August in Durness, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandwood Bay Beach, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

3
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lochinver: Ullapool (The Bone Caves, Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Achmelvich Beach, head outdoors with Drumbeg Loop, look for all kinds of wild species at Little Assynt Estate, and contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Assynt.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lochinver trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. August in Lochinver sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ullapool, Loch Assynt, Ardvreck Castle
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©
The Bone Caves ©
The Bone Caves

3
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gairloch: Plockton Harbour (in Plockton), Corrieshalloch Gorge (in Ullapool) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Loch Maree, look for gifts at Perfume Studio, kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gairloch trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Eilean Donan Castle, Inverewe Garden, Perfume Studio
Highlights from your plan
Inverewe Garden ©
Inverewe Garden
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree

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 find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William trip maker .

You can drive from Gairloch to Fort William in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Camusdarach Beach, Glen Coe, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Climbing Tours
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

7
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Glasgow (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum & The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip website .

Drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Glasgow
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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