28 days in Scotland Itinerary

28 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Fly
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Train
2
Stirling
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Arbroath
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Inverness
— 4 nights
Train to Kyle of Lochalsh, Harbour Slipway, Bus to Isle of Skye
5
Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
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Balloch
— 2 nights
Drive
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Get a sense of the local culture at Greyfriars Kirk and Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh attractions planner.

Perth, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Perth to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Edinburgh at 9°C and lows at 2°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Stirling.
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Historic Sites
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Stirling — 2 nights

Stirling is a city in central Scotland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stirling Distillery and Kirk of St. John the Baptist. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Stirling trip planning tool.

Getting from Edinburgh to Stirling by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Stirling can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You will leave for Arbroath on the 4th (Wed).
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Arbroath — 3 nights

Arbroath or Aberbrothock is a former royal burgh and the largest town in the council area of Angus in Scotland, and has a population of 23,902. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Arbroath Abbey, explore the world behind art at William Lamb Memorial Studio, then make a trip to Ferryden Viaduct, and finally stroll through Lunan Bay.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arbroath itinerary planning site.

Drive from Stirling to Arbroath in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Arbroath are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Culloden Battlefield and ShipSpace. Let the collections at Abertarff House and Castle Gallery capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: The GlenAllachie Distillery (in Aberlour), Covesea Lighthouse & Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Heritage Centre (in Covesea) and Elgin Museum (in Elgin). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old High Church, Inverness, look for gifts at WoodWinters Wines & Whiskies, stroll around Ness Islands, and take in the exciting artwork at Scottish Flair Art Gallery.

Start your trip to Inverness by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Arbroath to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 11th (Wed), you're off to Isle of Skye.
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gallery An Talla Dearg and Cath Waters Scottish Landscape Art Gallery. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Pictish stone for their historical value. Explore Isle of Skye's surroundings by going to Isle of Raasay Distillery (in Isle of Raasay), Skye Bridge (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Strome Castle (in Lochcarron). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Dun Beag Broch, appreciate the extensive heritage of Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, sample the fine beverages at Talisker Distillery, and experience rural life at The Oyster Shed.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Inverness in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Isle of Skye, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort William.
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Fort William — 2 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. On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at West Highland Museum, see the interesting displays at Treasures of the Earth, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary & Saint Finnan Catholic Church, examine the collection at Land Sea and Islands Centre, cruise along Morar Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Maelrubha's Chapel, and finally explore the ancient world of Castle Tioram.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fort William online holiday planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Balloch.
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Balloch — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium, relax and rejuvenate at The Haven on The Loch, then walk around Balloch Castle Country Park, then admire the striking features of Luss Parish Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Oak Tree Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, get engrossed in the history at Inveraray Jail, and then contemplate the long history of Inveraray Bell Tower.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Balloch trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Fort William to Balloch by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Balloch sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Glasgow.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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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.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Scottish Football Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Dean Castle Country Park and Chatelherault. Step out of Glasgow to go to Kilwinning and see Dalgarven Mill, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Merchant City, pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, steep yourself in history at Glasgow Cathedral, and learn about all things military at Low Parks Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Glasgow road trip planning tool.

Drive from Balloch to Glasgow in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Glasgow are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel 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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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Waterfalls · Nightlife