33 days in Scotland Itinerary

33 days in Scotland Itinerary

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33 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
1
Edinburgh
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lochinver
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Fort Augustus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Fort William
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  37​h
End: Mildura

7
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Glasgow Science Centre. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, engage your brain at Dynamic Earth, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill.

Plan my day in Edinburgh using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Glasgow Science Centre
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

3
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Popular historic sites such as Dun Dornaigil Broch and Castle Varrich are in your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sandwood Bay Beach and Balnakeil Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Oldshoremore Beach in Kinlochbervie (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, and shop like a local with Lotte Glob.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Durness attractions planner .

Drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Dun Dornaigil Broch, Castle Varrich
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Dun Dornaigil Broch ©
Dun Dornaigil Broch
Castle Varrich ©
Castle Varrich

3
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Achmelvich Beach and Clachtoll Beach Campsite. Ardvreck Castle and Stoer Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to Ullapool (Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve & The Bone Caves). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Drumbeg Loop and don't miss a visit to Kylesku Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lochinver day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ullapool, Kylesku Bridge, Ardvreck Castle, Stoer Lighthouse, Clachtoll Beach Campsite
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

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. Family-friendly places like Red Point Beach and Mellon Udrigle Beach will thrill your kids. Get some historical perspective at Strome Castle and The Morar Cross. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gairloch: Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross), Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve (in Garve) and Plockton Harbour (in Plockton). The adventure continues: trek along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, don't miss a visit to Solas Gallery, and stroll through Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gairloch trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Lochinver to Gairloch by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Gairloch sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Poolewe, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, Corrieshalloch Gorge, The Morar Cross
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Strome Castle ©
Strome Castle
Mellon Udrigle Beach ©
Mellon Udrigle Beach

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Dalmore Distillery, Balblair Distillery and Glenmorangie Distillery. Attractions like Landmark Forest Adventure Park and Rosemarkie Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Your inner history buff will appreciate Culloden Battlefield and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Aviemore (Loch Morlich Watersports & Loch Morlich), Drumnadrochit (Corrimony Chambered Cairn & St Ninians Church) and Glen Strathfarrar (in Beauly). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, learn about all things military at Morayvia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral, and look for gifts at Glasstorm.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness trip itinerary app .

Getting from Gairloch to Inverness by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aviemore, Tain, Drumnadrochit, Clava Cairns, Morayvia
Highlights from your plan
Morayvia ©
Morayvia
Landmark Forest Adventure Park ©
Landmark Forest Adventure Park
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

2
nights
Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus ©
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cruise Loch Ness. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at The Falls of Foyers, get a new perspective on things with Cruise Loch Ness, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Invermoriston Falls. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at The Clansman Centre, then contemplate the long history of Well of the Seven Heads, then admire the sheer force of Plodda Falls, and finally explore the activities along River Foyers.

Plan my trip to Fort Augustus with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Inverness to Fort Augustus by car takes about an hour. In August in Fort Augustus, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Foyers, Well of the Seven Heads, Invermoriston Falls, Plodda Falls
Highlights from your plan
The Falls of Foyers ©
The Falls of Foyers
Well of the Seven Heads ©
Well of the Seven Heads
River Foyers ©
River Foyers

6
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. You've now added Urquhart Castle to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Camusdarach Beach and Nevis Range - Tree Adventure. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse and Glenfinnan Viaduct. Venture out of the city with trips to Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn), Glenfinnan Church (in Glenfinnan) and Morar Beach (in Morar). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey, kick back and relax at Samalaman Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, and admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fort William trip builder app .

Getting from Inverness to Fort William by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Glenfinnan, Invergarry, Glen Coe, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse ©
Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse
Castle Tioram ©
Castle Tioram

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