31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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31 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Inverness
— 4 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
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h
End: Winnipeg

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Royal Dornoch Golf Club (in Dornoch), Nairn Beach (in Nairn) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). And it doesn't end there: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, kick back and relax at Loch Morlich, have some family-friendly fun at Wildwoodz, and step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle Viewpoint.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inverness road trip planner .

Winnipeg, Canada to Inverness is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Winnipeg to Inverness is 6 hours. When traveling from Winnipeg in May, plan for slightly colder days in Inverness, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aviemore, Aigas Field Centre, Cairngorms National Park, Wildwoodz, Royal Dornoch Golf Club
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Whaligoe Steps (in Whaligoe), Brora (Brora Beach & Loch Brora) and John O'Groats (Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop & Duncansby Head). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, get great views at Dunnet Head, take a tour of Caithness Seacoast Ltd, and contemplate the waterfront views at River Helmsdale.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Thurso online trip builder .

Drive from Inverness to Thurso in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Inverness in May, you will find days in Thurso are little chillier (13°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wick, Helmsdale, John O'Groats, Brora, Whaligoe Steps
Highlights from your plan
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Caithness Seacoast Ltd ©
Caithness Seacoast Ltd

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Explore Durness' surroundings by going to Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island), Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach) and Dun Dornaigil Broch (in Altnaharra). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, and shop like a local with Lotte Glob.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durness day trip planner.

You can drive from Thurso to Durness in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, Dun Dornaigil Broch
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach

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 (Inverpolly Nature Reserve, The Bone Caves, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Achmelvich Beach, snap pictures at Kylesku Bridge, cruise along Drumbeg Loop, and don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lochinver road trip planning app .

Getting from Durness to Lochinver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ullapool, Loch Assynt, Kylesku Bridge, Ardvreck Castle
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve
Loch Assynt ©
Loch Assynt

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gairloch: Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross), Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk (in Drumbuie) and Kishorn Selfie Box (in Strathcarron). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, admire the sheer force of Corrieshalloch Gorge, and identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gairloch trip planner .

You can drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aultbea, Kishorn Selfie Box, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Inverewe Garden
Highlights from your plan
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

5
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Morar Beach (in Morar), Glencoe Village (Glen Etive & Lost Valley Trail) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). There's much more to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, make a trip to Neptune's Staircase, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, and have fun at Ice Factor.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fort William journey planner.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Fort William takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Glencoe, Ballachulish Slate Quarry, Commando Monument, Morar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip builder site .

Getting from Fort William to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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