39 days in Scotland Itinerary

39 days in Scotland Itinerary

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39 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aviemore
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dornoch
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Thurso
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Fort William
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Brisbane

5
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 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh road trip planning app .

Brisbane, 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. Traveling from Brisbane to Edinburgh, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Aviemore.

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

4
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Step out of Aviemore with an excursion to Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cairngorms National Park, find something for the whole family at Landmark Forest Adventure Park, appreciate the history behind Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, and browse for treasures at Grantown Antiques and Collectables.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aviemore trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Cairngorms National Park, Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, Grantown Antiques and Collectables, Highland Folk Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Landmark Forest Adventure Park ©
Landmark Forest Adventure Park

3
nights
Dornoch

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Take a break from Dornoch with a short trip to Rogie Falls in Contin, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: tee off at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glenmorangie Distillery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral, and stroll through Big Burn Walk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Dornoch road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Dornoch takes 1.5 hours. In August in Dornoch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Thurso.

Things to do in Dornoch

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Golspie, Rogie Falls, Glenmorangie Distillery, Brora Beach
Highlights from your plan
Big Burn Walk ©
Big Burn Walk
Royal Dornoch Golf Club ©
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

4
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Explore Thurso's surroundings by going to Grey Cairns of Camster (in Roster), John O'Groats (Duncansby Head & Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop) and Whaligoe Steps (in Whaligoe). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, kick back and relax at Farr Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, and take a tour of Caithness Seacoast Ltd.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Thurso holiday builder website .

Drive from Dornoch to Thurso in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Wick, Dunnet, John O'Groats, Whaligoe Steps, Melvich Beach
Highlights from your plan
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Caithness Seacoast Ltd ©
Caithness Seacoast Ltd

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: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island) and Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, look for gifts at Mudness Ceramics, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, and stroll through Sango Bay.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Durness travel route planner .

You can drive from Thurso to Durness in 2 hours. August in Durness sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Lochinver: Ullapool (The Bone Caves, The Minch, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Achmelvich Beach, explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle, take a memorable drive along Drumbeg Loop, and explore the activities along Loch Assynt.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lochinver online travel route planner .

You can drive from Durness to Lochinver in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ullapool, Loch Assynt, Ardvreck Castle
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©
The Bone Caves ©
The Bone Caves

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 Gairloch's surroundings by going to Plockton Harbour (in Plockton), Kishorn Selfie Box (in Strathcarron) and Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, stop by Perfume Studio, take an in-depth tour of Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Inverewe Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch road trip planning app .

You can drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Plockton Harbour, Red Point Beach, Eilean Donan Castle, Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition
Highlights from your plan
Inverewe Garden ©
Inverewe Garden
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

8
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. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, cruise along Morar Beach, pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, and admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fort William trip builder tool .

Getting from Gairloch to Fort William by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Fort Augustus, Invermoriston
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Climbing Tours
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

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