34 days in Scotland Itinerary

34 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland journey maker

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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Golspie
— 3 nights
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Wick
— 3 nights
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Ullapool
— 3 nights
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
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Fort William
— 4 nights
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Glasgow
— 5 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.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh road trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Edinburgh is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:

Inverness

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge), Grantown Antiques and Collectables (in Grantown-on-Spey) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig). The adventure continues: make a trip to Culloden Battlefield, contemplate the long history of Urquhart Castle, explore the activities along River Ness, and awaken your taste buds at Highland Malt Whisky Experience.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Inverness trip maker tool.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Inverness sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

Golspie

— 3 nights
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Step out of Golspie with an excursion to River Helmsdale in Helmsdale--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Brora Golf Club, look for gifts at Orcadian Stone Exhibition and gift shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, and hike along Big Burn Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Golspie trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Golspie takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wick.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Wick

— 3 nights
Stretching along both sides of the bay and divided by the eponymous river, Wick remains a good base for exploring the rugged northern coast of the Scottish mainland.
Step out of Wick with an excursion to Duncansby Head in John O'Groats--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunnet Bay, step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and take a tour of Caithness Seacoast Ltd.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wick trip planner.

Traveling by car from Golspie to Wick takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Wick

Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durness: Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, kick back and relax at Sango Bay, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, and get a new perspective on nature at Durness Deep Time.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wick to Durness in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in April, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Ullapool

— 3 nights
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Get out of town with these interesting Ullapool side-trips: Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon) and Lochinver (Achmelvich Beach, Highland Stoneware, Baddidarroch, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along The Bone Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lael Forest Walks, and explore the stunning scenery at Corrieshalloch Gorge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ullapool trip maker.

Traveling by car from Durness to Ullapool takes 2 hours. In May in Ullapool, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Kyle of Lochalsh

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross), Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig) and Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (in Kinlochewe).

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyle of Lochalsh vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Kyle of Lochalsh takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Fort William

— 4 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village), Finn Falconry (in Oban) and Seafari Adventures (in Ellenabeich). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, trek along Glencoe Lochan, and stroll through Devil's Staircase.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William road trip planning tool.

Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Glasgow

— 5 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Step out of Glasgow with an excursion to Conic Hill in Balmaha--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and have fun and explore at Glasgow Science Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Glasgow trip tool.

Getting from Fort William to Glasgow by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Glasgow sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 18:

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.