36 days in Scotland Itinerary

36 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland route planner

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Inverness
— 6 nights
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Gairloch
— 4 nights
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Fort William
— 5 nights
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St. Andrews
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh
— 7 nights
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Glasgow
— 6 nights
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Inverness

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Loch Morlich and Urquhart Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Aldie Burn (in Tain), Boat of Garten Community Garden (in Boat of Garten) and Aviemore (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Cairngorm Mountain). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Grantown Antiques and Collectables, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, and explore the activities along Loch Ness.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Inverness is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Inverness, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Inverness hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kids will enjoy Durness Beach and Durness Deep Time. Explore Durness' surroundings by going to Lochinver (Clachtoll Broch & Achmelvich Beach) and Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, stroll through Sango Bay, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Durness online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Durness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Durness, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Gairloch

— 4 nights
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Beautopia and The Morar Cross. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gairloch: Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon), Plockton Harbour (in Plockton) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, admire the natural beauty at Inverewe Garden, identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry, and stop by Treasure Chest.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Durness to Gairloch takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Fort William

— 5 nights
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. Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Steall Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods (in Glenuig), Buachaille Etive Mor (in Ballachulish) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, learn about all things military at The Commando Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Glenfinnan Church, and explore the striking landscape at Loch Morar.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fort William day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Fort William takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Andrews.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Andrews

— 3 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Elie Beach and Craigtoun Country Park. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Andrews: Dunkeld Cathedral (in Dunkeld) and St. Ninian's Cathedral (in Perth).

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Andrews holiday maker app.

You can drive from Fort William to St. Andrews in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in St. Andrews

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 7 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kids will enjoy Edinburgh Castle and The Royal Mile. Change things up with a short trip to Don Coyote Outdoor Centre in Lamancha (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Calton Hill.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip builder website.

Getting from St. Andrews to Edinburgh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glasgow

— 6 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kids will enjoy Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel. Venture out of the city with trips to Loch Lomond (in Stirling), Five Sisters Zoo (in West Calder) and Old West Kirk (in Greenock). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at The Burrell Collection, identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glasgow route planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Glasgow by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.