31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Golspie
— 3 nights
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Thurso
— 3 nights
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Durness
— 2 nights
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Gairloch
— 4 nights
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Glencoe
— 3 nights
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Glasgow
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
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Inverness

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cawdor Castle and Urquhart Castle. Appreciate the collections at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Nairn Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain & Loch Morlich), North 58 Sea Adventures (in Findhorn) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). There's lots more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, don't miss a visit to Clava Cairns, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and walk around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Inverness is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Inverness, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Inverness hover around 66°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golspie

— 3 nights
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Popular historic sites such as Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Tarbat Ness Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Brora Beach and Big Burn Walk. Change things up with a short trip to Helmsdale Beach in Helmsdale (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Embo Beach, identify plant and animal life at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, tee off at Golspie Golf Club, and browse the exhibits of Golspie Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Golspie road trip tool.

Getting from Inverness to Golspie by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Golspie are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Thurso

— 3 nights
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wick Heritage Museum and Holburn Head Lighthouse. Your inner history buff will appreciate Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust and Strathy Point Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Thurso side-trips: Castle Sinclair Girnigoe (in Wick) and Bettyhill (Farr Stone & Farr Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Melvich Beach, sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, stroll through Dunnet Bay, and take an in-depth tour of Castlehill Heritage Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Thurso day trip website.

Drive from Golspie to Thurso in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Durness

— 2 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Polin Beach, kick back and relax at Sango Bay, and then kick back and relax at Durness Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Oldshoremore Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Durness trip planning site.

Getting from Thurso to Durness by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Gairloch

— 4 nights
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Step out of the city life by going to Plockton Seal Trips and Loch Maree. Get a sense of the local culture at Eilean Donan Castle and Russian Arctic Convoy Project. Change things up with these side-trips from Gairloch: Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt), Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver) and Mellon Udrigle Beach (in Poolewe). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, stop by Treasure Chest, and tee off at Gairloch Golf Club.

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You can drive from Durness to Gairloch in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gairloch are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glencoe.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Glencoe

— 3 nights
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Get outdoors at Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands). Take a break from Glencoe with a short trip to Lochaline Dive Centre - Day Tour in Lochaline, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, take an exotic tour of Glen Coe Photography Safari, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters, and admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Glencoe trip planner.

Getting from Gairloch to Glencoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July in Glencoe, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Glasgow

— 4 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Visiting Strathblane Falconry and Puck's Glen will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: The Scottish Crannog Centre (in Kenmore) and Stirling (Stirling Castle & Great Kitchens). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, get engrossed in the history at People's Palace and Winter Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis, and engage your brain at Glasgow Science Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Glasgow online trip builder.

Drive from Glencoe to Glasgow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visiting Pirate Boats and Calton Hill will get you outdoors. Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines (in Errol) and St. Ninian's Cathedral (in Perth). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.