31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and River Foyers (in Foyers). There's much more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Gynack, admire the natural beauty at Boat of Garten Community Garden, and steep yourself in history at Fort George.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Inverness travel route website .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Inverness is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Inverness, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in August, with highs in Inverness at 21°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Loch Gynack, River Foyers, Boat of Garten Community Garden, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, St Ninians Church
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thurso: John O'Groats (Duncansby Head & Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop), Brora Beach (in Brora) and Whaligoe Steps (in Whaligoe). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd, get great views at Dunnet Head, and explore the activities along River Helmsdale.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Thurso trip planner .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Thurso takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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 ©

4
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Explore Durness' surroundings by going to Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach) and Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, Head underground at Smoo Cave, stroll through Balnakeil Beach, and shop like a local with Lotte Glob.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Durness trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thurso to Durness takes 2 hours. In September in Durness, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Lochinver

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: Ullapool (Ullapool Market, Lael Forest Walks, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach, explore the activities along Achnahaird Bay, identify plant and animal life at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, and make a trip to Clachtoll Broch.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lochinver itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Durness to Lochinver in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lochinver are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ullapool, Ross and Cromarty, The Jammery Culkein, Kylesku Bridge, Loch Assynt
Highlights from your plan
Achnahaird Bay ©
Achnahaird Bay
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Alladale Wilderness Reserve ©
Alladale Wilderness Reserve

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross), Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon) and Kishorn Selfie Box (in Strathcarron). And it doesn't end there: trek along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, don't miss a visit to Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition, identify plant and animal life at Loch Maree, and take in breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gairloch trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Gairloch are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition, Eilean Donan Castle
Highlights from your plan
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

5
nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Morar Beach (in Morar), Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, play a few rounds at Fort Augustus Golf Club, identify plant and animal life at Glencoe Lochan, and see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William visit planning app .

Drive from Gairloch to Fort William in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Camusdarach Beach, Glen Coe, Morar Beach, Fort Augustus Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Change things up with a short trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Edinburgh visit planning tool .

Drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. September in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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