46 days in Scotland Itinerary

46 days in Scotland Itinerary

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46 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly:  21 h
1
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Golspie
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3 h
3
Stromness, Mainland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Lochinver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Isle of Skye
— 5 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Isle of Lewis
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h
10
Roslin
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Fort Wayne

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Escape the urban bustle at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and River Ness. Visit Culloden Battlefield and Wardlaw Mausoleum for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Aviemore (Loch an Eilein & Glenmore Forest Park), Glen Strathfarrar (in Beauly) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Fort George, get a new perspective on things with Caley Cruises, trek along Loch Affric Circular Walk, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old Kirk Yard.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness holiday maker site .

Fort Wayne, USA to Inverness is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Fort Wayne to Inverness due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fort Wayne in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Inverness: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Beauly, Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Fort Augustus Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Fort George
Fort George
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

5
nights
Golspie

Golspie ©
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Visiting Brora Beach and Loch Brora will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Grey Cairns of Camster. Get out of town with these interesting Golspie side-trips: Helmsdale (Helmsdale Beach & River Helmsdale), Dunbeath Preservation Trust (in Dunbeath) and Elgin Cathedral (in Elgin). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nigg Old Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dornoch Cathedral, enjoy the sea views from Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, and play a few rounds at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Golspie day trip site .

You can drive from Inverness to Golspie in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Golspie can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dornoch, Helmsdale, Brora, Elgin Cathedral, Dunbeath Preservation Trust
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Elgin Cathedral ©
Elgin Cathedral
Dornoch Cathedral ©
Dornoch Cathedral

3
nights
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Skara Brae and Saint Magnus Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve and Brough Of Birsay. When in Stromness, make a side trip to see Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm in St. Mary's, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, steep yourself in history at Bishop & Earls Palace, step into the grandiose world of Earl's Palace, and take an unorthodox tour of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Stromness online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Golspie to Stromness takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Stromness can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kirkwall, Birsay, Orphir, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Highlights from your plan
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness
Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe

5
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Smoo Cave and Balnakeil Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Sango Bay and Durness Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kyle Of Tongue (in Tongue), Dun Dornaigil Broch (in Altnaharra) and Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob, shop like a local with Wee Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Stack.

Plan trip to Durness with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Stromness to Durness takes 5 hours. In October in Durness, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Kyle Of Tongue, Dun Dornaigil Broch
Highlights from your plan
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

3
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Take a break from the city and head to Handa Island Wildlife Reserve and Achmelvich Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Culag Woods and Falls of Kirkaig. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lochinver: Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Corrieshalloch Gorge (in Ullapool). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lochinver travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. October in Lochinver sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Falls of Kirkaig, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Scourie Bay, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Culag Woods ©
Culag Woods
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve ©
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and Lochalsh Woodland Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail and Gairloch Golf Club. Venture out of the city with trips to Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh), Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross) and Dun Caan (in Isle of Raasay). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, explore the activities along Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mellon Udrigle Beach.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gairloch driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, Eilean Donan Castle, Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Dun Caan
Highlights from your plan
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nevis Range Mountain Resort and Glencoe. Visiting Ben Nevis and Steall Waterfall will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (in Strontian), Inveraray Castle (in Inveraray) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, and stroll through Camusdarach Beach.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Gairloch to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Camusdarach Beach, Inveraray Castle, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

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.
Visit Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Dun Beag Broch for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Quiraing (Hill Walk) and The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Neist Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls, make a trip to Fairy Glen, and explore the activities along Portree Harbour.

Before you visit Isle of Skye, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Neist Point ©
Neist Point
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

5
nights
Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Step out of the city life by going to Luskentyre and Islands of Adventure. Get some historical perspective at Callanish Standing Stones and Bosta (Bostadh) Iron Age House. When in Isle of Lewis, make a side trip to see Harris Tweed and Knitwear in Tarbert, approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Loch Stiapabhat Local Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dalmore Beach, kick back and relax at Huisinis Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Moluag's Episcopal Church.

Discover how to plan a Isle of Lewis trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Isle of Skye to Isle of Lewis takes 3.5 hours. In November in Isle of Lewis, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Roslin.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isle of Harris, Harris Tweed and Knitwear
Highlights from your plan
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
Luskentyre Beach ©
Luskentyre Beach
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse ©
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

4
nights
Roslin

Roslin ©
Roslin is a village in Midlothian, Scotland, 7 miles to the south of the capital city Edinburgh. Step off the beaten path and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Holyrood Park. Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Roslin: Edinburgh (Real Mary King's Close, St Giles' Cathedral, & more). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Saint Paul's Church, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and steep yourself in history at Georgian House.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Roslin trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isle of Lewis to Roslin. November in Roslin sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Roslin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Edinburgh
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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