31 days in Scotland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Inverness
— 5 nights
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Thurso
— 4 nights
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Durness
— 4 nights
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
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Fort William
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Glasgow
— 5 nights
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Inverness — 5 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Nigg Old Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit), Janet Horne Memorial Stone (in Dornoch) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Kirk Yard, contemplate the long history of Fort George, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Wardlaw Mausoleum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Inverness trip itinerary app.

New York City, USA to Inverness is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Inverness to be much colder, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thurso.
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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

Thurso — 4 nights

Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Visit Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust and Canisbay Parish Church for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thurso: Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats), Wick (Old Wick Castle & Castle Sinclair Girnigoe) and Strathnaver Museum (in Bettyhill). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Dunnet Head Lighthouse, make a trip to John O' Groats, and contemplate the long history of Grey Cairns of Camster.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Thurso trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Thurso takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Thurso can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Durness.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Durness — 4 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castle Varrich and Dun Dornaigil Broch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, &more), Assynt (Ardvreck Castle & Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum) and Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, and play a few rounds at Durness Golf Club.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Thurso to Durness takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Kyle of Lochalsh — 3 nights

Your inner history buff will appreciate Eilean Donan Castle and The Morar Cross. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyle of Lochalsh: See The Highlands (in Lochcarron), Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross) and Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyle of Lochalsh online journey planner.

Drive from Durness to Kyle of Lochalsh in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Fort William — 4 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. Get some historical perspective at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Camas nan Geall. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Ardverikie Estate (in Kinlochlaggan) and Laggan Parish Church (in Laggan). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Glencoe National Nature Reserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and delve into the distant past at Castle Tioram.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fort William tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Edinburgh — 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Glasgow.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:

Glasgow — 5 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Get some historical perspective at Glasgow Cathedral and Garnethill Synagogue. Explore Glasgow's surroundings by going to Stirling Castle (in Stirling), Culzean Castle (in Maybole) and Conic Hill (in Balmaha). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, walk around Pollok Country Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of City Chambers.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

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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