24 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Wick
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 2 nights
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Plockton
— 2 nights
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Glencoe
— 3 nights
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Glasgow
— 4 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online tour itinerary maker.

Madison, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Edinburgh is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Madison in August, with highs in Edinburgh at 65°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Inverness.
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Inverness — 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge) and Working Sheepdogs (in Kincraig). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, expand your understanding of the military at Fort George, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip maker.

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Inverness are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wick.
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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.
Explore Wick's surroundings by going to Brora Beach (in Brora) and Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats). And it doesn't end there: step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd, experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, take an in-depth tour of Clan Gunn Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinclair's Bay.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Wick online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Wick takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Wick are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.
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Durness — 2 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 31st (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, then kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach, and then stroll through Rispond Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, then stroll through Sango Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Durness journey planner.

Traveling by car from Wick to Durness takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plockton.
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Plockton — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Calum's Seal Trips, then don't miss a visit to Plockton Harbour, and then take in the pleasant sights at Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box, then take in nature's colorful creations at Attadale Gardens, then explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Glomach.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Plockton road trip planner.

Drive from Durness to Plockton in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Glencoe.
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Glencoe — 3 nights

Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. When in Glencoe, make a side trip to see Argyll Adventure - Inveraray in Inveraray, approximately Inveraray away. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Lost Valley Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Coe Photography Safari, and stroll through Glencoe Lochan.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Glencoe trip planner.

Getting from Plockton to Glencoe by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Glencoe are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Glasgow.
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Glasgow — 4 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Explore Glasgow's surroundings by going to Wreckspeditions (in Dunoon), Stirling (The Queen Anne Gardens & Stirling Castle) and Puck's Glen (in Benmore). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, stop by Spirit of Callander, and join the crowd at Glasgow Tigers Speedway.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Glasgow travel route planner.

Getting from Glencoe to Glasgow by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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