38 days in Scotland Itinerary

38 days in Scotland Itinerary

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38 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Inverness
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fort William
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Isle of Skye
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Pitlochry
— 5 nights
+3
train + bus + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop (in Gretna Green), Stirling (Stirling Castle & National Wallace Monument) and Culzean Castle (in Ayr). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, step into the grandiose world of Craigmillar Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip maker website .

Sydney, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Culzean Castle, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Rosslyn Chapel, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle

3
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Let the collections at The Orkney Museum and Broch of Gurness capture your imagination. Skara Brae and Maeshowe will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, and explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kirkwall holiday planner .

Fly from Edinburgh to Kirkwall in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, expect nights in Kirkwall to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Barony Mill, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, The Smiddy Museum
Highlights from your plan
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe

6
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Escape the urban bustle at Cairngorm Mountain and Nairn Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Culloden Battlefield and Fort George. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie), Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle Viewpoint, explore the activities along River Ness, and explore the striking landscape of Cairngorms National Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip builder app .

Getting from Kirkwall to Inverness by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Inverness, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns
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Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Smoo Cave and Balnakeil Beach. Relax by the water at Durness Beach and Achmelvich Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach, Sandwood Bay Beach, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath, and take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durness road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay, Achmelvich Beach
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach

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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Inveraray Jail and West Highland Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ben Nevis and Glenfinnan Viaduct. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Fort Augustus (Fort Augustus Abbey & General Wade’s Military Roads), Morar Beach (in Morar) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, step into the grandiose world of Kilchurn Castle, trek along Glencoe Lochan, and take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fort William driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Durness to Fort William takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Inveraray, Fort Augustus, Kilchurn Castle, Glen Coe
Highlights from your plan
West Highland Museum ©
West Highland Museum
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at The Quiraing and Portree Harbour. Explore hidden gems such as The Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Strathcarron (Kishorn Selfie Box & Fuar Tholl), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk (in Drumbuie). The adventure continues: stroll through Neist Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Claigan Coral Beach, don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen, and get engrossed in the history at Skye Museum of Island Life.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Strathcarron, Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, Eilean Donan Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

5
nights
Pitlochry

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Escape the urban bustle at Falls of Dochart and The Birks of Aberfeldy. Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and Highland Folk Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Pitlochry: The Scottish Crannog Centre (in Kenmore), Glamis Castle (in Glamis) and Perth (Scone Palace & The Black Watch Castle & Museum). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ruthven Barracks, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edradour Distillery, shop like a local with The Watermill, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Laggan Parish Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pitlochry online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Isle of Skye to Pitlochry in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 19th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Newtonmore, Perth, Aberfeldy, Falls of Dochart, Glamis Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Birks of Aberfeldy ©
The Birks of Aberfeldy
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle

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