31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly to Glasgow International Airport, Drive to Ballachulish
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Ballachulish
— 2 nights
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Fort Augustus
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aviemore
— 6 nights
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Edinburgh
— 7 nights
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Ballachulish

The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Ballachulish is known for winter sports, golf, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum, trek along Devil's Staircase, and take in the dramatic natural features at Buachaille Etive Mor.

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

Toronto, Canada to Ballachulish is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Ballachulish to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
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Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Augustus: Roybridge (Glen Roy National Nature Reserve, Tulloch Ringing Centre, &more), Ratagan to Glenelg (in Ratagan) and Kyle of Lochalsh (Eilean Donan Castle & Falls of Glomach). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with General Wade’s Military Roads, stop by Iceberg Glass, contemplate the waterfront views at River Foyers, and take some stellar pictures from Suidhe Viewpoint.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fort Augustus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ballachulish to Fort Augustus takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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 Gairloch's surroundings by going to Applecross (Applecross Photographic Gallery & Bealach na Ba Viewpoint) and Mellon Udrigle Beach (in Poolewe). There's still lots to do: get outside with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, play a few rounds at Gairloch Golf Club, and learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Project.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gairloch trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Augustus to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. In May in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Lochinver

Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Lochinver: RhueArt (in Rhue) and Ullapool (The Minch, Ullapool Market, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Achmelvich Beach, explore the activities along Achmelvich Bay, make a trip to Clachtoll Broch, and trek along Culag Woods.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lochinver day trip app.

Getting from Gairloch to Lochinver by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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: Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Dun Dornaigil Broch (in Altnaharra). There's still lots to do: stroll through Durness Beach, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, and explore the galleries of Mudness Ceramics.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durness road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Durness takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Aviemore

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Aviemore is known for winter sports, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, stroll through Speyside Way Long Distance Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Loch Morlich, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cairngorms National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aviemore holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Durness to Aviemore takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Edinburgh

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Glasgow (Glasgow Tigers Speedway & Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

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Drive from Aviemore to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.