35 days in Scotland Itinerary

35 days in Scotland Itinerary

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35 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  3​h
1
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Thurso
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ullapool
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Mallaig
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aviemore (Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle & Aviemore Ospreys), Beauly (Glen Strathfarrar & Aigas Field Centre) and Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh (in Drumnadrochit). There's lots more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, play a few rounds at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, explore the historical opulence of Fort George, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Inverness road trip app .

Manchester to Inverness is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Inverness, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, River Foyers
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
River Foyers ©
River Foyers

3
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thurso: River Helmsdale (in Helmsdale), Whaligoe Steps (in Whaligoe) and John O'Groats (Duncansby Head & Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, take a tour of Caithness Seacoast, kick back and relax at Dunnet Bay, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Castle and Gardens of Mey.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thurso day trip website .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Thurso takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Wick, John O'Groats, Dunnet Bay, Mary Ann's Cottage, River Helmsdale
Highlights from your plan
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Dunnet Head ©
Dunnet Head

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). There's much more to do: stroll through Durness Beach, kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, Head underground at Smoo Cave, and play a few rounds at Durness Golf Club.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durness road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thurso to Durness takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

4
nights
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Explore Ullapool's surroundings by going to Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt), Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon) and Lochinver (Drumbeg Loop & Achmelvich Beach). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, stroll through The Bone Caves, look for gifts at Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, and explore the activities along Achnahaird Bay.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ullapool online trip maker .

You can drive from Durness to Ullapool in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ross and Cromarty, Lochinver, Ardvreck Castle, Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Achnahaird Bay ©
Achnahaird Bay
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©

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. Step out of Gairloch with an excursion to Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve in Garve--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: trek along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach, examine the collection at Gairloch Heritage Museum, and make a trip to Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gairloch day trip planner.

You can drive from Ullapool to Gairloch in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mallaig.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Aultbea, Inverewe Garden, Perfume Studio, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Gairloch Museum ©
Gairloch Museum

4
nights
Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mallaig: Samalaman Beach (in Glenuig), Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks (in Balmacara) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Camusdarach Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camas nan Geall, don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, and get your game on at Arisaig Archery.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Mallaig trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Gairloch to Mallaig in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Mallaig

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Arisaig, Kilchoan, All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop, Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, Samalaman Beach
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
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: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven) and Fort Augustus (Fort Augustus Golf Club & Fort Augustus). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Glencoe, brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glen Roy National Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fort William day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mallaig to Fort William in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Roybridge, Fort Augustus, Glen Coe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, The Commando Museum
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Take a break from Edinburgh with a short trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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