30 days in Scotland Itinerary

30 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland tour planner

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Fort William
— 5 nights
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Thurso
— 4 nights
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Aviemore
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
— 7 nights
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Glasgow
— 6 nights
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Fort William

— 5 nights
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Buachaille Etive Mor (in Ballachulish). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort William trip planning app.

Birmingham, USA to Fort William is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, engage your brain at Durness Deep Time, and take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Durness itinerary app.

Getting from Fort William to Durness by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Thurso

— 4 nights
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: Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats), Grey Cairns of Camster (in Roster) and Brora (Clynelish Distillery & Brora Beach). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, shop like a local with Lindsey Gallacher, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral, and play a few rounds at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thurso online trip builder.

Drive from Durness to Thurso in 2 hours. In December in Thurso, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Thurso

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

Aviemore

— 4 nights
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Aviemore side-trips: Dalwhinnie Distillery (in Dalwhinnie) and Ben Vrackie (in Pitlochry). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Morlich, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and browse for treasures at Grantown Antiques and Collectables.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aviemore trip site.

Drive from Thurso to Aviemore in 3 hours. December in Aviemore sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Edinburgh

— 7 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
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Glasgow

— 6 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glasgow: Lockerbie Garden of Remembrance (in Lockerbie), Loch Lomond (in Stirling) and Puck's Glen (in Benmore). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, steep yourself in history at The Mackintosh House, admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and stroll around Pollok Country Park.

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

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:

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.