52 days in Scotland Itinerary

52 days in Scotland Itinerary

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52 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aviemore
— 8 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Dornoch
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Wick
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Ullapool
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Gairloch
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Fort Augustus
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Glasgow
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

9
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines (in Errol), The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in Seahouses) and Embleton Bay (in Embleton). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh day trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. In August, Edinburgh is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines, Embleton Bay
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

8
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. You'll explore and learn at Highland Folk Museum and Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Shop till you drop at Fused and Light and Grantown Antiques and Collectables. Explore Aviemore's surroundings by going to Dufftown (Dufftown Whisky and Heritage Centre & Glenfiddich Distillery). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Glenmore Forest Park, take in the awesome beauty at Cairngorm Mountain, get outside with Thunder in the glens, and play a few rounds at Boat of Garten Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aviemore online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Aviemore takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Inverness.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Newtonmore, Dufftown, Kingussie, Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, Grantown Antiques and Collectables
Highlights from your plan
Rothiemurchus ©
Rothiemurchus
Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), contemplate the long history of Fort George, then get answers to all your questions at Culloden Battlefield, then step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle Viewpoint, and finally explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nairn Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Cawdor Castle, and finally explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inverness travel route planning app .

Getting from Aviemore to Inverness by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nairn, Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns
Highlights from your plan
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

3
nights
Dornoch

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Get in touch with nature at Royal Dornoch Golf Club and Dornoch Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Historylinks Museum. When in Dornoch, make a side trip to see Falls of Shin in Lairg, approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dornoch Cathedral, stop by The Carnegie Whisky Cellars, get engrossed in the history at Tarbat Discovery Centre, and sample the fine beverages at Glenmorangie Distillery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dornoch road trip website .

Drive from Inverness to Dornoch in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wick.

Things to do in Dornoch

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tain, Tarbat Discovery Centre, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Falls of Shin
Highlights from your plan
Falls of Shin ©
Falls of Shin
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Tarbat Discovery Centre ©
Tarbat Discovery Centre

3
nights
Wick

Wick ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Wick Heritage Museum and Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castle Sinclair Girnigoe and Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust. Venture out of the city with trips to Melvich Beach (in Melvich), Bettyhill (Strathnaver Museum & Farr Beach) and Dunnet Bay (in Unapool).

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wick day trip planning website .

Drive from Dornoch to Wick in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Wick

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Thurso, Bettyhill, Melvich Beach, Dunnet Bay, Canisbay Parish Church
Highlights from your plan
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Strathnaver Museum ©
Strathnaver Museum
Canisbay Parish Church ©
Canisbay Parish Church

5
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Balnakeil Craft Village and Mudness Ceramics. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lotte Glob and Durness Deep Time. Venture out of the city with trips to Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, explore the historical opulence of Castle Varrich, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Wrath, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Durness online journey planner .

Getting from Wick to Durness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, Scourie Bay, Castle Varrich, Dun Dornaigil Broch
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

5
nights
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Shop till you drop at RhueArt and Ullapool Market. Escape the urban bustle at Achmelvich Beach and The Bone Caves. Get out of town with these interesting Ullapool side-trips: Assynt (Ardvreck Castle & Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt), Drumbeg Loop (in Lochinver) and The Rock Stop Coffee Shop and Exhibition (in Unapool). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Corrieshalloch Gorge, go for a walk through Coire Mhic Fhearchair, look for all kinds of wild species at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, and kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

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Traveling by car from Durness to Ullapool takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ullapool can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lochinver, Assynt, The Rock Stop Coffee Shop and Exhibition, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Maryck Memories of Childhood
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

6
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. Escape the urban bustle at Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail and Red Point Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Applecross Photographic Gallery and Strome Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Gairloch: Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross), The Morar Cross (in Morar) and Kishorn Selfie Box (in Strathcarron). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Perfume Studio, take in nature's colorful creations at Inverewe Garden, identify plant and animal life at Loch Maree, and take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gairloch visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Gairloch takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Poolewe, Kinlochewe, Applecross, Perfume Studio, Kishorn Selfie Box
Highlights from your plan
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail

5
nights
Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus ©
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Commando Museum and Clan Cameron Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Farigaig Forest and Fort Augustus Golf Club. Explore Fort Augustus' surroundings by going to Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and Plodda Falls (in Tomich). There's much more to do: trek along Hillside Path, steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, and savor a hot drink at Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fort Augustus trip maker app .

You can drive from Gairloch to Fort Augustus in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Fort Augustus can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Spean Bridge, Drumnadrochit, Foyers, Well of the Seven Heads, Bridge of Oich
Highlights from your plan
The Falls of Foyers ©
The Falls of Foyers
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

4
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Cathedral. The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel and The Glasgow School of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and Puck's Glen (in Benmore). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Burrell Collection, view the masterpieces at House for an Art Lover, identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, and take a stroll through Buchanan Street.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Glasgow trip app .

You can drive from Fort Augustus to Glasgow in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Strathblane Falconry, Stirling Castle, Puck's Glen
Highlights from your plan
Strathblane Falconry ©
Strathblane Falconry
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©

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