45 days in Scotland Itinerary

45 days in Scotland Itinerary

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45 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
Fort William
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Gairloch
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Lochinver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Thurso
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Dornoch
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Aviemore
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Edinburgh
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Perth

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: Morar Beach (in Morar), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). The adventure continues: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, admire the sheer force of Invermoriston Falls, admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and trek along Glencoe Lochan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William trip planning app .

Perth, Australia to Fort William is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Spean Bridge, North Ballachulish, Invermoriston, Glenfinnan
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Climbing Tours
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve

5
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), Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk (in Drumbuie) and Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry, kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, and explore the activities along Gruinard Bay Caravan Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gairloch trip builder website .

You can drive from Fort William to Gairloch in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Poolewe, Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, Eilean Donan Castle, Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Corrieshalloch Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Inverewe Garden ©
Inverewe Garden
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

5
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Lochinver side-trips: Ullapool (The Bone Caves, Ullapool Market, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Achmelvich Beach, identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, take a memorable drive along Drumbeg Loop, and explore the activities along Loch Assynt.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lochinver journey builder .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Lochinver takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Lochinver can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island) and Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Balnakeil Craft Village, and engage your brain at Durness Deep Time.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness online route planner .

You can drive from Lochinver to Durness in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thurso.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Thurso: Castle Sinclair Girnigoe (in Wick), John O'Groats (Duncansby Head & Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop) and Whaligoe Steps (in Whaligoe). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse, take in nature's colorful creations at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, and step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Thurso sightseeing site .

Getting from Durness to Thurso by car takes about 2 hours. June in Thurso sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Dornoch

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Go for a jaunt from Dornoch to Contin to see Rogie Falls about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, kick back and relax at Dornoch Beach, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glenmorangie Distillery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dornoch trip planning site .

You can drive from Thurso to Dornoch in 1.5 hours. July in Dornoch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aviemore.

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

6
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with a short trip to Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Cairngorms National Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cairngorm Brewery, and identify plant and animal life at Loch Garten Nature Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aviemore trip planner .

Drive from Dornoch to Aviemore in 1.5 hours. July in Aviemore sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

8
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Glasgow (The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel & Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, and contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Edinburgh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Glasgow
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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