34 days in Scotland Itinerary

34 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Golspie
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 4 nights
Drive
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Stromness, Mainland
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kirkwall Airport, Fly to Sumburgh Airport, Drive to Lerwick
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Lerwick, Mainland
— 2 nights
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Drive to Sumburgh Airport, Fly to Stornoway Airport, Drive to Isle of Lewis
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Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Tarbert, Ferry to Uig Pier, Bus to Isle of Skye
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Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ayr
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
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Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get in touch with nature at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Loch Garten Nature Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Culloden Battlefield and Fort George. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Nairn Beach (in Nairn), Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch an Eilein, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rothiemurchus, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness visit app.

New York City, USA to Inverness is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Inverness at 62°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

Golspie

— 3 nights
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Tarbat Discovery Centre. Dunbeath Preservation Trust and Grey Cairns of Camster will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Nigg Old Church (in Nigg), Tarbat Ness Lighthouse (in Portmahomack) and Helmsdale Beach (in Helmsdale). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dornoch Beach, stroll through Brora Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Golspie road trip website.

You can drive from Inverness to Golspie in 1.5 hours. In June in Golspie, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Durness

— 4 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Wee Gallery and Mudness Ceramics will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Smoo Cave and Balnakeil Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach, Sandwood Bay Beach, &more), Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver) and Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durness trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Golspie to Durness in 2 hours. June in Durness sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Stromness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

Stromness, Mainland

— 2 nights
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, and finally explore the ancient world of Skara Brae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Broch of Gurness, head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay, then contemplate the long history of Barony Mill, then delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Stromness driving holiday site.

You can drive from Durness to Stromness in 4.5 hours. June in Stromness sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Lerwick.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Lerwick, Mainland

— 2 nights
Lerwick is the main port of the Shetland Islands, Scotland centred 123mi off the north coast of mainland Scotland on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shetland Museum and Archives and Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement. Step off the beaten path and head to Tangwick Haa Museum and Scalloway Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Lerwick: Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary (in Hillswick), Sumburgh Head Lighthouse (in Sumburgh) and Michaelswood (in Aith). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to St Ninian's Isle.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lerwick tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stromness to Lerwick. In June in Lerwick, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Lerwick

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

Isle of Lewis, Lewis and Harris

— 2 nights
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
We've included these beaches for you: Luskentyre Beach and Huisinis Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hebscape Gallery and Uig Museum. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Gearannan Blackhouse Village, visit a coastal fixture at Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, stroll through Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach), and delve into the distant past at Calanais Standing Stones.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Lewis online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lerwick to Isle of Lewis. In June, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:

Isle of Skye

— 4 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Popular historic sites such as Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and St. Columba's Isle are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye and The Old Man of Storr. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Neist Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Claigan Coral Beach, snap pictures at Sligachan Old Bridge, and take in the exciting artwork at JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter).

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye trip maker site.

Do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Isle of Lewis to Isle of Skye in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:

Fort William

— 3 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. Escape the urban bustle at Ben Nevis and Highland Titles Nature Reserve. Popular historic sites such as Glenfinnan Viaduct and Old Inverlochy Castle are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig) and Morar Beach (in Morar). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Ayr.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Ayr

— 3 nights
Museum-lovers will appreciate Drumlanrig Castle and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Visit Culzean Castle and Blairquhan Castle for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ayr: Galloway Activity Centre (in Castle Douglas), Little Turnberry Farm & Chicken Nest (in Maidens) and Loch Trool (in Galloway Forest Park).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ayr itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Fort William to Ayr in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Ayr can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ayr

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Edinburgh

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rosslyn Chapel and Urbane Art Gallery. Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, contemplate the long history of Georgian House, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip builder.

Drive from Ayr to Edinburgh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

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.