22 days in Perth & Scotland Itinerary

22 days in Perth & Scotland Itinerary

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Perth, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arisaig, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Isle of Harris, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ullapool, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Durness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brora, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Perth, Australia — 4 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Aspects of Kings Park and Trowbridge Gallery. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Secret Harbour Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Mullaloo Beach (in Mullaloo), Quinns Rocks Beach (in Quinns Rocks) and Sorrento Beach (in Sorrento). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, stroll through Warnbro Beach, and trek along Jacob's Ladder.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth road trip tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Perth International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Edinburgh.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The Red Door Gallery. Get outdoors at Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Pathead Sands (in Kirkcaldy), Elie Beach (in Elie) and Gullane Beach (in Gullane). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online holiday planner.

You can fly from Perth to Edinburgh in 23 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Arisaig.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Arisaig, United Kingdom — 1 night

Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stop by Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, stroll through Camusdarach Beach, then kick back and relax at Traigh Beach, and finally cruise along Morar Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Arisaig, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Arisaig in 4 hours. In December in Arisaig, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Harris.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Isle of Harris, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Harris is the southern and more mountainous part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Horgabost Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Luskentyre Beach, then stroll through Seilebost Beach, and finally stop by Grannie Annie's. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Mission House Studio, then kick back and relax at Scarista Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Caolas Gallery - Harris Hebrides Photography.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Harris trip planner.

You can drive from Arisaig to Isle of Harris in 5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ullapool.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Ullapool, United Kingdom — 1 night

Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. On the 4th (Thu), kick back and relax at Ullapool Sea Front, then stroll through Ardmair Beach, and then view the masterpieces at RhueArt.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ullapool journey planner.

Traveling by car from Isle of Harris to Ullapool takes 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ullapool are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Durness, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Oldshoremore Beach and Durness Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mudness Ceramics and Lotte Glob. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rispond Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durness trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Durness takes 2 hours. January in Durness sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brora.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Brora, United Kingdom — 1 night

Brora is a village in the east of Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland.Origin of the nameThe name Brora is derived from ancient Norse, meaning 'river with a bridge.'HistoryA small industrial village having at one time a coal pit, boat building, salt pans, fish curing, lemonade factory, the new Clynelish Distillery (as well as the old Clynelish distillery which is now called the Brora distillery ), wool mill, bricks and a stone quarry. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Helmsdale Beach, stop by Kelpies Treasure, and then kick back and relax at Brora Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brora online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Brora takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aviemore.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Aviemore, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the striking features of Aviemore Railway Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Morlich, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, and finally stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cullen Beach, kick back and relax at West Beach, and then browse for treasures at Grantown Antiques and Collectables.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Aviemore tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Brora to Aviemore takes 2 hours. January in Aviemore sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

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.
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