31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland trip planner

©
This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mallaig
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Thurso
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cromarty
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Aviemore
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Glasgow to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Edinburgh, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Edinburgh: highs are around 9°C and lows about 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

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. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Roybridge (Cille Choirill Church & Tulloch Ringing Centre) and Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven). There's much more to do: get outside with Vertical Fever - Day Adventures, stop by Iceberg Glass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters, and appreciate the views at Glencoe.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William tour planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mallaig.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Glencoe, Roybridge, Bridge of Oich, Inchree Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Ice Factor ©
Ice Factor
Crombie Clay Shooting ©
Crombie Clay Shooting

4
nights
Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Mallaig side-trips: Kyle of Lochalsh (Skye Bridge, Eilean Donan Castle, & more), Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg) and Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Samalaman Beach, cruise along Morar Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ardnamurchan Distillery, and have fun at Mallaig Pool & Leisure.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mallaig trip builder .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Mallaig takes 1.5 hours. January in Mallaig sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Mallaig

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kyle of Lochalsh, Arisaig, Castle Tioram, Ardnamurchan Distillery, Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk
Highlights from your plan
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Samalaman Beach ©
Samalaman Beach
Arisaig Archery ©
Arisaig Archery

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: Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig) and Strathcarron (Fuar Tholl & Beinn Liath Mhor). There's much more to do: stroll through Red Point Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Beinn Alligin, learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mellon Udrigle Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gairloch road trip tool .

You can drive from Mallaig to Gairloch in 3 hours. In January in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Aultbea, Strathcarron, Beinn Alligin, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Red Point Beach
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Beinn Alligin ©
Beinn Alligin
Glen Torridon ©
Glen Torridon

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and RhueArt (in Rhue). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob, don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch, and stop by The Culkein Store.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lochinver trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Gairloch to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Durness, Ullapool, Kinlochbervie, Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt, The Jammery Culkein
Highlights from your plan
Stac Pollaidh Mountain ©
Stac Pollaidh Mountain
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Rispond Beach ©
Rispond Beach

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: Bettyhill (Farr Beach & Farr Stone), Helmsdale Beach (in Helmsdale) and Grey Cairns of Camster (in Roster). There's still lots to do: stroll through Dunnet Bay, delve into the distant past at Old St Peter's Church, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Thurso itinerary maker site .

Drive from Lochinver to Thurso in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Thurso are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cromarty.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wick, Bettyhill, Dunnet Bay Distillery, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Grey Cairns of Camster
Highlights from your plan
Dunnet Bay ©
Dunnet Bay
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Castlehill Heritage Centre ©
Castlehill Heritage Centre

2
nights
Cromarty

Cromarty
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Bowhunter Archery, then get your game on at Wildwoodz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nigg Old Church, and finally stop by The Emporium Bookshop. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at East Church, see the interesting displays at Cromarty Courthouse, see the interesting displays at Tain Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Tarbat Discovery Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Mermaid of the North.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cromarty road trip planning website .

You can drive from Thurso to Cromarty in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Cromarty

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tain, Wildwoodz, Tarbat Discovery Centre, Bowhunter Archery, Nigg Old Church
Highlights from your plan
Tain Museum
Tain Museum
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Bowhunter Archery ©
Bowhunter Archery

3
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Explore Aviemore's surroundings by going to Glenfarclas Distillery (in Ballindalloch), General Wade’s Military Roads (in Fort Augustus) and Dulsie Bridge (in Nairn). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Loch Morlich, sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, pause for some photo ops at Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, and get your game on at Aviemore Kart Raceway.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aviemore road trip planner .

Drive from Cromarty to Aviemore in 1.5 hours. January in Aviemore sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors

Side Trips

General Wade’s Military Roads, Glenfarclas Distillery, Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, Dulsie Bridge, Caorunn Gin Tour
Highlights from your plan
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Cairngorm Brewery ©
Cairngorm Brewery
An Lochan Uaine (Green Loch) ©
An Lochan Uaine (Green Loch)

Similar Plans

32 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Scotland & England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 35 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 29 days in Turkey, Italy & Scotland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 58 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM ITALY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM POLAND August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Kilkenny, Dublin & Scotland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans