33 days in Scotland Itinerary

33 days in Scotland Itinerary

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33 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  28​h
1
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ullapool
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Thurso
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Inverness
— 9 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Cairns

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The Real Mary King's Close. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle. Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Stills Gallery, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh itinerary website .

Townsville, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Townsville to Edinburgh. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Townsville in August, with highs in Edinburgh at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (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
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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. Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse and Glenfinnan Viaduct will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Fort Augustus and Glenfinnan Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Morar Beach (in Morar). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Glencoe Lochan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), and contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Fort William day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glencoe Village, Castle Tioram, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eilean Donan Castle and Gairloch Heritage Museum. Visiting Loch Maree and Victoria Falls will get you outdoors. Step out of Gairloch with an excursion to Glen Torridon in Shieldaig--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Perfume Studio, admire the natural beauty at Inverewe Garden, kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mellon Udrigle Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gairloch day trip planning app .

You can drive from Fort William to Gairloch in 3 hours. In August in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Poolewe, Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Torridon, Russian Arctic Convoy Project, Perfume Studio
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree

3
nights
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Escape the urban bustle at Achmelvich Beach and Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Ardvreck Castle and An Talla Solais. Explore Ullapool's surroundings by going to Clachtoll Beach Campsite (in Clachtoll) and Drumbeg Loop (in Lochinver). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Corrieshalloch Gorge, identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at RhueArt, and take an in-depth tour of Ullapool Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ullapool trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Ullapool takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ullapool can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lochinver, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Ardvreck Castle
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Balnakeil Craft Village and Mudness Ceramics. We've included these beaches for you: Oldshoremore Beach and Sandwood Bay Beach. Explore Durness' surroundings by going to Polin Beach (in Kinlochbervie) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Wrath.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Durness trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Ullapool to Durness in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay
Highlights from your plan
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach

2
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of The Castle and Gardens of Mey, pause for some serene contemplation at Canisbay Parish Church, get great views at Duncansby Head, then get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Strathnaver Museum, take an in-depth tour of Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Dunnet Bay.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Thurso trip builder app .

Drive from Durness to Thurso in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Thurso are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Thurso

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Wick, Strathnaver Museum, Duncansby Head, Canisbay Parish Church, Holburn Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©

9
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
We've included these beaches for you: Nairn Beach and Dornoch Beach. Popular historic sites such as Fort George and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten), RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore). Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, stroll through Loch Morlich, and gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Inverness road trip planning website .

Getting from Thurso to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Drumnadrochit, Nairn, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Dornoch Beach
Highlights from your plan
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

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