35 days in Scotland Itinerary

35 days in Scotland Itinerary

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35 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Cromarty
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Aviemore
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fort Augustus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Glencoe Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Edinburgh
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Cromarty

Cromarty
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cromarty: Evanton (Blackrock Caravan & Camping Park & Fyrish Monument), Bowhunter Archery (in Nairn) and Wildwoodz (in Munlochy).

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cromarty road trip tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cromarty is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Cromarty reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Cromarty

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Evanton, Tarbat Discovery Centre, Wildwoodz, Nigg Old Church, Tain Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tain Museum
Tain Museum
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Bowhunter Archery ©
Bowhunter Archery

4
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Polin Beach), Bettyhill (Strathnaver Museum, Farr Stone, & more) and Dun Dornaigil Broch (in Altnaharra). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Durness Deep Time, kick back and relax at Durness Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rispond Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durness driving holiday website .

You can drive from Cromarty to Durness in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Durness are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bettyhill, Kinlochbervie, Dun Dornaigil Broch
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Rispond Beach ©
Rispond Beach
Ben Stack ©
Ben Stack

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to Ullapool (Made in Ullapool, Ullapool Museum, & more) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, don't miss a visit to Kylesku Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt, and explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Lochinver trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Durness to Lochinver by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Lochinver, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ullapool, Kylesku, Assynt, Stoer Lighthouse, Scourie Bay
Highlights from your plan
Stac Pollaidh Mountain ©
Stac Pollaidh Mountain
Stoer Lighthouse ©
Stoer Lighthouse
Kylesku Bridge ©
Kylesku Bridge

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gairloch: Strathcarron (Beinn Liath Mhor, Kishorn Selfie Box, & more), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig). The adventure continues: stroll through Red Point Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Project, kick back and relax at Mellon Udrigle Beach, and look for gifts at Treasure Chest.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Gairloch trip builder .

You can drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Strathcarron, Aultbea, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Torridon
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Glen Torridon ©
Glen Torridon
Beinn Alligin ©
Beinn Alligin

4
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Explore Aviemore's surroundings by going to Crombie Clay Shooting (in North Ballachulish) and The Commando Museum (in Spean Bridge). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cairngorms National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Loch Morlich, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Speyside Distillery, and get great views at An Lochan Uaine (Green Loch).

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Aviemore trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Aviemore takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cairngorms National Park, The Commando Museum, Speyside Distillery, Crombie Clay Shooting, Grantown Antiques and Collectables
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain

4
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. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Augustus side-trips: Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg), Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk (in Drumbuie) and Farigaig Forest (in Inverfarigaig). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Ratagan to Glenelg, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Ness, steep yourself in history at General Wade’s Military Roads, and make a trip to Tulloch Ringing Centre.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Augustus travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Fort Augustus takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Fort Augustus can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glencoe Village.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Roybridge, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, Loch Ness, Falls of Glomach, Bridge of Oich
Highlights from your plan
Cille Choirill Church ©
Cille Choirill Church
Tulloch Ringing Centre ©
Tulloch Ringing Centre
Falls of Glomach ©
Falls of Glomach

4
nights
Glencoe Village

Glencoe Village ©
Get out of town with these interesting Glencoe Village side-trips: Woodland Pottery & Crafts (in Strontian), Ardnamurchan Distillery (in Glenbeg) and Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn).

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Glencoe Village travel planning website .

Drive from Fort Augustus to Glencoe Village in 1.5 hours. In January in Glencoe Village, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glencoe Village

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), Glencoe Mountain, Inchree Waterfalls, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Ice Factor ©
Ice Factor
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)

7
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Edinburgh vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Glencoe Village to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

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