58 days in Scotland Itinerary

58 days in Scotland Itinerary

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58 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  29​h
1
Aviemore
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cromarty
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Thurso
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Gairloch
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Isle of Skye
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Mallaig
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Dumfries
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Edinburgh
— 9 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Loch Garten Nature Reserve and The Scottish Crannog Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Loch Morlich and Rothiemurchus. Venture out of the city with trips to Mar Lodge Estate (in Braemar), Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens (in Blair Atholl) and Glenfiddich Distillery (in Dufftown). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aviemore day trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Aviemore is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Aviemore due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Aviemore at 16°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cromarty.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Newtonmore, Kingussie, Laggan Parish Church, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Glenfiddich Distillery
Highlights from your plan
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre

4
nights
Cromarty

Cromarty ©
You'll get in some beach time at Dornoch Beach and Rosemarkie Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Nigg Old Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cromarty: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse (in Portmahomack), Lairg (North West Highlands Geopark & Falls of Shin) and Brora Beach (in Brora).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cromarty trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Aviemore to Cromarty in 1.5 hours. In May in Cromarty, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Cromarty

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lairg, Dornoch, Golspie, Tain, Brora Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Dornoch Beach ©
Dornoch Beach
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church

3
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Castle and Gardens of Mey and Wick Heritage Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dunnet Head and Strathy Point Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thurso: Dunbeath Preservation Trust (in Dunbeath), Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop (in John O'Groats) and Canisbay Parish Church (in Canisbay). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Old St Peter's Church, contemplate the long history of Grey Cairns of Camster, explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse.

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

Drive from Cromarty to Thurso in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Thurso can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wick, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Melvich Beach, Canisbay Parish Church, Grey Cairns of Camster
Highlights from your plan
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dun Dornaigil Broch and Castle Varrich. Discover out-of-the-way places like Durness Beach and Smoo Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island) and Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Polin Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Durness holiday site .

You can drive from Thurso to Durness in 2 hours. In May in Durness, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Get outdoors at Achmelvich Beach and Culag Woods. Get some cultural insight at Ardvreck Castle and Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lochinver: Scourie Bay (in Scourie), Ullapool (Falls of Measach, Lael Forest Walks, & more) and RhueArt (in Rhue). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, explore the activities along Loch Assynt, and take a memorable drive along Drumbeg Loop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lochinver day trip app .

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. In May in Lochinver, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ullapool, Assynt, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Loch Assynt, Scourie Bay
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Corrieshalloch Gorge and Victoria Falls. Relax by the water at Red Point Beach and Mellon Udrigle Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gairloch side-trips: Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve (in Garve), Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig) and Glen Strathfarrar (in Beauly). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Maree, hike along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, explore the activities along Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, and see the interesting displays at Gairloch Heritage Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gairloch trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Torridon, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Claigan Coral Beach and The Old Man of Storr. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Trumpan Church. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Portree Harbour, don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen, step into the grandiose world of Dunscaith Castle, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Isle of Skye trip planner .

Getting from Gairloch to Isle of Skye by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mallaig.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

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

4
nights
Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Morar Beach and Loch Morar. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eilean Donan Castle and Camas nan Geall. Change things up with these side-trips from Mallaig: Kilchoan (Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse & Sanna Bay), Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks (in Balmacara) and Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Camusdarach Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Samalaman Beach, tee off at Traigh Golf Course, and explore the ancient world of Castle Tioram.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mallaig tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Mallaig in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Mallaig are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Mallaig

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arisaig, Kilchoan, Eilean Donan Castle, John O' Groats, Castle Tioram
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glen Etive and Steall Waterfall. Get some historical perspective at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Fort Augustus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Glenfinnan Church (in Glenfinnan), Inveraray Castle (in Inveraray) and Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (in Strontian). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Glencoe, take a memorable tour with Tours, trek along Glencoe Lochan, and take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William day trip site .

Drive from Mallaig to Fort William in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dumfries.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Glenfinnan, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Plodda Falls, Glen Coe
Highlights from your plan
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

7
nights
Dumfries

Dumfries ©
Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland.
Escape the urban bustle at Tarn Hows and Muncaster Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Caerlaverock Castle and Sizergh Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall (in Haydon Bridge), Roman Army Museum (in Hexham) and Birdoswald Roman Fort (in Gilsland). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carlisle Cathedral, examine the collection at Lakeland Motor Museum, delve into the distant past at Castlerigg Stone Circle, and stroll through Catbells Lakeland Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dumfries driving holiday site .

Drive from Fort William to Dumfries in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dumfries

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Penrith, Keswick, Windermere, Hexham, Carlisle Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall ©
Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle
Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After

9
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Greyfriars Kirkyard and Melrose Abbey. Step out of the city life by going to Calton Hill and BobCat Alpacas. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Scottish Seabird Centre (in North Berwick), Church of the Holy Trinity (in Berwick upon Tweed) and Bamburgh (Bamburgh Castle & Grace Darling Museum). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Glamis Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Dumfries to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dumfries in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Edinburgh. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Stirling, Bamburgh, Rosslyn Chapel, Loup of Fintry, Scottish Seabird Centre
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

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