29 days in Scotland Itinerary

29 days in Scotland Itinerary

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29 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Thurso
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lochinver
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Tampa, Florida

4
nights
Inverness

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: Grantown Antiques and Collectables (in Grantown-on-Spey), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Chanonry Point (in Fortrose). There's much more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Black Isle Brewery, kick back and relax at Loch Morlich, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip itinerary maker app .

Tampa, USA to Inverness is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Inverness is 5 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in July; daily highs in Inverness reach 66°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Munlochy, Grantown Antiques and Collectables, Clava Cairns, Cairngorms National Park
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:
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Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park

4
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Thurso: Clan Gunn Museum (in Latheron), River Helmsdale (in Helmsdale) and John O'Groats (Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop & Duncansby Head). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Dunnet Head Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Clynelish Distillery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Thurso road trip site .

You can drive from Inverness to Thurso in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Inverness, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Thurso, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Wick, Brora, John O'Groats, Clan Gunn Museum, River Helmsdale
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©

3
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durness: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island) and Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll through Balnakeil Beach, kick back and relax at Sango Bay, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Durness itinerary maker app .

Drive from Thurso to Durness in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay

3
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Venture out of the city with trips to Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt), Ullapool (The Bone Caves, Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, & more) and RhueArt (in Rhue). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Achmelvich Beach, don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch, cruise along Drumbeg Loop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Assynt.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lochinver vacation planning website .

You can drive from Durness to Lochinver in 1.5 hours. In July in Lochinver, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ullapool, Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
The Bone Caves ©
The Bone Caves

4
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Gairloch side-trips: Kishorn Selfie Box (in Strathcarron), Applecross (Bealach na Ba Viewpoint & Applecross Photographic Gallery) and Plockton Harbour (in Plockton). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, identify plant and animal life at Loch Maree, admire the natural beauty at Inverewe Garden, and admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gairloch road trip website .

Drive from Lochinver to Gairloch in 2.5 hours. August in Gairloch sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Poolewe, Applecross, Perfume Studio, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Plockton Harbour
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Inverewe Garden ©
Inverewe Garden
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

4
nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig), Morar Beach (in Morar) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, appreciate the history behind Commando Monument, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Fort William takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Commando Monument, Morar Beach, Glen Coe, Camusdarach Beach, Glenfinnan Viaduct
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Glasgow to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh online travel route planner .

Drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:
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The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

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