15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  6​h
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Mallaig
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Thurso
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Vienna

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Change things up with a short trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, explore the galleries of Stills Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh day trip website .

Vienna, Austria to Edinburgh is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vienna in May: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mallaig.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

2
nights
Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): head outdoors with Morar Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, then stroll the grounds of Maelrubha's Chapel, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Glenfinnan Church. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Camas nan Geall, explore the ancient world of Castle Tioram, then examine the collection at Land Sea and Islands Centre, and finally learn more about the world around you at Mallaig Heritage Centre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mallaig trip website .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Mallaig in 4.5 hours. May in Mallaig sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Mallaig

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Arisaig, Glenfinnan, Castle Tioram, Camas nan Geall
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Castle Tioram ©
Castle Tioram

3
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wick Heritage Museum and Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust. Museum-lovers will appreciate Castlehill Heritage Centre and Seadrift Visitor Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Thurso: Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats), Castle Sinclair Girnigoe (in Wick) and Clan Gunn Museum (in Latheron). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Grey Cairns of Camster, examine the collection at Laidhay Croft Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Canisbay Parish Church.

Before you visit Thurso, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Mallaig to Thurso in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wick, Dunnet, Canisbay Parish Church, Laidhay Croft Museum, Holburn Head Lighthouse
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Castlehill Heritage Centre ©
Castlehill Heritage Centre

3
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get some historical perspective at Ardvreck Castle and Dun Dornaigil Broch. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castle Varrich and Lotte Glob. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie), Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver) and Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt (in Assynt). There's much more to do: stroll through Balnakeil Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Thurso to Durness takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Assynt, Achmelvich Beach, Castle Varrich, Sandwood Bay Beach, Dun Dornaigil Broch
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Dun Dornaigil Broch ©
Dun Dornaigil Broch

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Popular historic sites such as Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Nigg Old Church are in your itinerary. The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) and ShipSpace will appeal to museum buffs. When in Inverness, make a side trip to see Fort Augustus Abbey in Fort Augustus, approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, steep yourself in history at Clava Cairns, and take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Inverness road trip planner .

You can drive from Durness to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urquhart Castle, Nigg Old Church, Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield, Fort Augustus Abbey
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church

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