32 days in Scotland Itinerary

32 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland attractions planner
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Inverness
— 6 nights
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Wick
— 4 nights
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Plockton
— 3 nights
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Fort William
— 4 nights
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Glasgow
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
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Inverness — 6 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore), Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore) and Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge). There's still lots to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, take in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church, sample the fine beverages at Balblair Distillery, and identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Inverness trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Inverness is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Inverness is minus 10 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wick.
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Wick — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wick: Brora (Clynelish Distillery, Brora Beach, &more), Dunnet Head Lighthouse (in Dunnet) and Melvich Beach (in Melvich). The adventure continues: step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd, experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunnet Bay, and explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wick trip builder site.

Drive from Inverness to Wick in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.
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Durness — 3 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). The adventure continues: stroll through Sango Bay, learn more about the world around you at Durness Deep Time, enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, and don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durness day trip site.

Traveling by car from Wick to Durness takes 2.5 hours. September in Durness sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Plockton.
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Plockton — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Plockton: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (in Kinlochewe), Falls of Glomach (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and See The Highlands (in Lochcarron).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Plockton day trip planner.

You can drive from Durness to Plockton in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fort William.
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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail (in Glenfinnan), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Glencoe National Nature Reserve, make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct, hike along Glencoe Lochan, and take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Plockton to Fort William in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Puck's Glen (in Benmore), Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and Wreckspeditions (in Dunoon). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, admire the striking features of Blue Police Box, stroll around Kelvingrove Park, and appreciate the history behind The Paisley Cenotaph.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glasgow trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive 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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sat).
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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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