31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Golspie
— 2 nights
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Wick
— 3 nights
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Durness
— 4 nights
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
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Glencoe
— 4 nights
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Glasgow
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
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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.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to The Commando Museum (in Spean Bridge), Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). Next up on the itinerary: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness itinerary planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Inverness is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Inverness is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Inverness, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Golspie.
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Golspie — 2 nights

Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tee off at Brora Golf Club, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brora Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Embo Beach. On the next day, tee off at Golspie Golf Club, explore the activities along Loch Brora, and then contemplate the waterfront views at River Helmsdale.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Golspie travel route planner.

Getting from Inverness to Golspie by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Golspie can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Canisbay Parish Church (in Canisbay), Thurso (Above and Beyond Tours of Caithness, Geise Farm Activities, &more) and Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Seadrift Visitor Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunnet Bay, and stop by The Gallery at John O'Groats.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wick road trip site.

Traveling by car from Golspie to Wick takes 1.5 hours. October in Wick sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durness.
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Durness — 4 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, &more), Castle Varrich (in Tongue) and Lochinver (Achmelvich Beach & Clachtoll Broch). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, stroll through Balnakeil Beach, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, and Head underground at Smoo Cave.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Durness trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Wick to Durness by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Kyle of Lochalsh — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyle of Lochalsh: See The Highlands (in Lochcarron), Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg) and Ratagan Pass Viewpoint (in Ratagan).

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Drive from Durness to Kyle of Lochalsh in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glencoe.
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Glencoe — 4 nights

Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, trek along West Highland Way, tee off at The Golf Course @ Woodlands Glencoe, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Valley Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Glencoe trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Glencoe in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Glencoe are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Glasgow: Wreckspeditions (in Dunoon) and Puck's Glen (in Benmore). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at People's Palace and Winter Gardens, and get a sense of history and politics at City Chambers.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow online journey planner.

You can drive from Glencoe to Glasgow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 6 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: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip app.

Getting from Glasgow to Edinburgh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly 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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