35 days in Scotland Itinerary

35 days in Scotland Itinerary

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35 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Inverness
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ullapool
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Fort William
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Melbourne

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St Andrews Links and The Scottish Deer Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Arthur's Seat and BobCat Alpacas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Strathblane Falconry (in Strathblane), Buchanan Street (in Glasgow) and The Kelpies & The Helix (in Falkirk). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Edinburgh trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Melbourne, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Edinburgh to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

St Andrews Links, The Scottish Deer Centre, Buchanan Street, Strathblane Falconry
Highlights from your plan
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
The Scottish Deer Centre ©
The Scottish Deer Centre
St Andrews Links ©
St Andrews Links

6
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cairngorm Mountain and Rothiemurchus. Step out of the city life by going to RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Aviemore (Loch Morlich & Loch an Eilein), Nairn Beach (in Nairn) and Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Black Isle Brewery, don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, and step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle Viewpoint.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Inverness by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Inverness are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Nairn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve

5
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get in touch with nature at Smoo Cave and Durness Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Sandwood Bay Beach and Oldshoremore Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durness: Scourie Bay (in Scourie), Polin Beach (in Kinlochbervie) and Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Mudness Ceramics, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Durness trip planning website .

You can drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave

5
nights
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Step out of the city life by going to Corrieshalloch Gorge and Red Point Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Achmelvich Beach and Clachtoll Beach Campsite. Change things up with these side-trips from Ullapool: Gairloch (Flowerdale Waterfall, Shieldaig Falconry, & more), North West Highlands Geopark (in Lairg) and Mellon Udrigle Beach (in Poolewe). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, stroll through Lael Forest Walks, take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Measach, and hunt for treasures at Ullapool Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ullapool road trip planner .

Drive from Durness to Ullapool in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gairloch, Lochinver, Red Point Beach, North West Highlands Geopark, Mellon Udrigle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach

4
nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Quiraing and The Old Man of Storr. Escape the urban bustle at Neist Point and The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Claigan Coral Beach, admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls, have some family-friendly fun at A.C.E Target Sports, and explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ullapool to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kilt Rock ©
Kilt Rock
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Claigan Coral Beach ©
Claigan Coral Beach

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. We've included these beaches for you: Camusdarach Beach and Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Morar Beach (in Morar), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Oban (Parsley the Ambassador Cat, McCaig's Tower, & more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, and take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William road trip tool .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Oban, Glenfinnan, Glencoe Village, Glencoe, Morar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

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