31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland route planner

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Glasgow
— 4 nights
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Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 6 nights
Drive
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Pitlochry
— 3 nights
Drive
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St. Andrews
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
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Glasgow

— 4 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Get in touch with nature at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit The Necropolis and Doune Castle for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glasgow: Rothesay (Rothesay's Victorian Toilets & Mount Stuart), National Wallace Monument (in Stirling) and Culzean Castle (in Maybole). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Inveraray Castle, stroll through Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve, and explore the ancient world of Antonine Wall Bearsden Bath House.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Glasgow trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Glasgow is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Glasgow due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for slightly colder days in Glasgow, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort William

— 4 nights
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. Visiting Ben Nevis and Glen Coe will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glenfinnan Viaduct and Road to the Isles. Change things up with a short trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail in Glenfinnan (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Andrew's Church, appreciate the history behind Seated Sculpture, and hike along Glencoe Lochan.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fort William attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Isle of Skye

— 4 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eilean Donan Castle and Dun Beag Broch. Take a break from the city and head to The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye and Neist Point. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Isle of Skye: Falls of Glomach (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Plockton Seal Trips (in Plockton). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, kick back and relax at Claigan Coral Beach, don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen, and explore the activities along Loch Portree.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Inverness

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Take a break from the city and head to RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore hidden gems such as Culloden Battlefield and Cairngorm Mountain. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Gallery48 (in Cromarty), Aviemore (Loch Morlich, Zipline, &more) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the activities along River Ness, and trek along Big Burn Walk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness online trip maker.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Pitlochry

— 3 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Take a break from the city and head to The Birks of Aberfeldy and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and The Scottish Crannog Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pitlochry: Scone Palace (in Perth), Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve (in Lawers) and Falls of Dochart (in Killin). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dunkeld Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Birnam Oak, and make a trip to Queen's View Visitor Centre.

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Drive from Inverness to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to St. Andrews.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Andrews

— 3 nights
Explore hidden gems such as St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Links. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and The Dundee Law. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Andrews: Glamis Castle (in Glamis) and Isle of May National Nature Reserve (in Anstruther).

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our St. Andrews driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pitlochry to St. Andrews by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in St. Andrews are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in St. Andrews

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. Edinburgh Castle and Jedburgh Abbey will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Melrose Abbey (in Melrose). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from St. Andrews to Edinburgh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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.