20 days in Scotland Itinerary

20 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland journey planner

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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Glencoe
— 2 nights
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Gairloch
— 2 nights
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Lochinver
— 1 night
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Dornoch
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. Popular historic sites such as Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Old Town are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, browse the range of quality goods at Jenners, look for gifts at Cadenhead's, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

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

London to Edinburgh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In August, Edinburgh is slightly colder than London - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

Glencoe

— 2 nights
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stroll through Highland Titles Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Highland Soaps, and then don't miss a visit to Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach, then look for gifts at Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, and then stop by Woodland Pottery & Crafts.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glencoe visit planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glencoe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Glencoe are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Gairloch

— 2 nights
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Perfume Studio, stop by Treasure Chest, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shieldaig Falconry, and finally hike along Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gairloch trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Glencoe to Gairloch by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Lochinver

— 1 night
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Little Assynt Estate, look for gifts at Achins Bookshop, take in the exciting artwork at An Talla Solais, then look for gifts at The Captain's Cabin, and finally stop by Made in Ullapool. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Achmelvich Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Scourie Bay, then savor a hot drink at The Jammery Culkein, and finally look for gifts at Highland Stoneware, Baddidarroch.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lochinver route planner.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Lochinver takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lochinver are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Sango Bay and Smoo Cave. Change things up with a short trip to Sandwood Bay Beach in Kinlochbervie (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, stroll through Balnakeil Beach, view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Durness online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lochinver to Durness by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Dornoch

— 2 nights
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 17th (Fri), stop by Coast Candle Co., stop by The Dornoch Bookshop, look for gifts at The Carnegie Whisky Cellars, then stop by Simply The Best Fair Trade Shop, then look for gifts at Orcadian Stone Exhibition and gift shop, and finally look for gifts at Pandora's Emporium. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Cheese House, look for gifts at The Emporium Bookshop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dornoch Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dornoch holiday planning tool.

Getting from Durness to Dornoch by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Dornoch

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Inverness

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns. Get in touch with nature at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Caley Cruisers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Aviemore (The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach & Mountain Spirit), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Embrace Gift Shop (in Strathpeffer). There's still lots to do: stop by Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop, get a taste of the local shopping with Picaresque Books, take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery, and stroll through Loch Garten Nature Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Inverness day trip planning tool.

Getting from Dornoch to Inverness by car takes about an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.