34 days in Scotland Itinerary

34 days in Scotland Itinerary

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34 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h
1
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Golspie
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Durness
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Stromness, Mainland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Lerwick, Mainland
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Isle of Lewis
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Ayr
— 3 nights
10
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Escape the urban bustle at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Loch Garten Nature Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Culloden Battlefield and Old High Church, Inverness. Venture out of the city with trips to Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore), Nairn Beach (in Nairn) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Fort George, contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus, explore the activities along River Ness, and take a peaceful walk through Rothiemurchus.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness tour itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Inverness is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Inverness is 5 hours. In June, Inverness is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore, Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Fort Augustus, Highland Folk Museum
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
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Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Fort George
Fort George

3
nights
Golspie

Golspie ©
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Popular historic sites such as Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Dunbeath Preservation Trust are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nigg Old Church and Tarbat Discovery Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Golspie side-trips: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse (in Portmahomack), Helmsdale Beach (in Helmsdale) and Grey Cairns of Camster (in Roster). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Dornoch Beach, stroll through Brora Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dornoch Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Golspie travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Inverness to Golspie by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Golspie sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Golspie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portmahomack, Dornoch, Nigg Old Church, Dunbeath Preservation Trust, Helmsdale Beach
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll get in some beach time at Sandwood Bay Beach and Durness Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Oldshoremore Beach and Smoo Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island), Polin Beach (in Kinlochbervie) and Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Wee Gallery, and look for gifts at Mudness Ceramics.

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

Getting from Golspie to Durness by car takes about 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) early enough to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, Achmelvich Beach
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
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Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach

2
nights
Stromness, Mainland

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. On the 22nd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, and finally explore the ancient world of Skara Brae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Broch of Gurness, head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay, then contemplate the long history of Barony Mill, then explore the ancient world of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Stromness online travel route builder .

You can drive from Durness to Stromness in 5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Lerwick.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Birsay, Stenness, Saint Magnus Cathedral, Broch of Gurness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral

2
nights
Lerwick, Mainland

Lerwick ©
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. Popular historic sites such as Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary and Michaelswood. When in Lerwick, make a side trip to see Tangwick Haa Museum in Brae, approximately 56 minutes away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Shetland Museum and Archives and head off the coast to St Ninian's Isle.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lerwick day trip app .

Drive from Stromness to Lerwick in 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Lerwick

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Sumburgh, Michaelswood, St Ninian's Isle, Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary, Scalloway Museum
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Shetland Museum and Archives ©
Shetland Museum and Archives
Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary
Tangwick Haa Museum ©
Tangwick Haa Museum

2
nights
Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis ©
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.
Visiting Luskentyre and Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach) will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Callanish Standing Stones and Gearannan Blackhouse Village. Change things up with a short trip to Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom in Ardhasaig (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Uig Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Pig Studio, and stroll through Huisinis Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Isle of Lewis online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lerwick to Isle of Lewis takes 18.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Isle of Lewis can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Isle of Harris, Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Callanish Standing Stones ©
Callanish Standing Stones
Uig Museum ©
Uig Museum
Gearannan Blackhouse Village ©
Gearannan Blackhouse Village

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and St. Columba's Isle. Get in touch with nature at Neist Point and Quiraing (Hill Walk). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr, take in the exciting artwork at Trotternish Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, and kick back and relax at Claigan Coral Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye planning site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Isle of Lewis to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. June in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:
Highlights from your plan
Quiraing (Hill Walk) ©
Quiraing (Hill Walk)
Neist Point ©
Neist Point
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nevis Range Mountain Resort and Glenfinnan Viaduct. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Camusdarach Beach and Silver Sands of Morar. Take a break from Fort William with a short trip to Highland Titles Nature Reserve in Duror, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, appreciate the views at Glencoe, and step into the grandiose world of Old Inverlochy Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort William driving holiday planner .

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ayr.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe, Morar Beach, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Camusdarach Beach
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve

3
nights
Ayr

Ayr ©
Ayr is a large town and former Royal Burgh on the west coast of Ayrshire in Scotland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Culzean Castle and Country Park and Drumlanrig Castle. Get outdoors at Loch Trool and Galloway Activity Centre. Take a break from Ayr with a short trip to Little Turnberry Farm in Maidens, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, experience rural life at Heads of Ayr Farm Park, and step into the grandiose world of Blairquhan Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ayr trip planning website .

You can drive from Fort William to Ayr in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ayr

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Loch Trool, Blairquhan Castle, Galloway Activity Centre, Little Turnberry Farm, Drumlanrig Castle
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Culzean Castle and Country Park ©
Culzean Castle and Country Park
Drumlanrig Castle ©
Drumlanrig Castle
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum ©
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Rosslyn Chapel and Holyrood Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Edinburgh Zoo.

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

Traveling by car from Ayr to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel

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