31 days in Scotland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Scotland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Inverness
— 5 nights
2
Durness
— 4 nights
3
Wick
— 4 nights
4
Arisaig
— 3 nights
5
Glencoe
— 5 nights
6
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
7
Bushmills
— 3 nights

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly), Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy) and Foyers (Hillside Path & River Foyers). There's lots more to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh, witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours, and play a few rounds at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Inverness trip itinerary app.

London to Inverness is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in October, things will get slightly colder in Inverness: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Scottish Highlands, Foyers, Drumnadrochit, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, Aigas Field Centre
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Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
River Ness ©
River Ness

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Castle Varrich (in Tongue) and Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics, enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, and play a few rounds at Durness Golf Club.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Durness online vacation planner.

Getting from Inverness to Durness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Durness, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wick.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Castle Varrich
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

4
nights
Wick

Wick ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wick: Timespan Museum and Arts Centre (in Helmsdale), Brora (Brora Golf Club & Brora Beach) and Melvich Beach (in Melvich). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, relax in the rural setting at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, explore the historical opulence of Old Wick Castle, and sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wick online travel route planner.

You can drive from Durness to Wick in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in Wick

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thurso, Brora, John O'Groats, Dunnet Bay Distillery, Timespan Museum and Arts Centre
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Strathnaver Museum ©
Strathnaver Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head

3
nights
Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arisaig: Plockton Harbour (in Plockton), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and John O' Groats (in Airor). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach, see the interesting displays at Land Sea and Islands Centre, look for gifts at Haggard Alley, and learn more about the world around you at Mallaig Heritage Centre.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arisaig day trip tool.

Drive from Wick to Arisaig in 4.5 hours. In October in Arisaig, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Arisaig

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mallaig, Glenfinnan, Plockton Harbour, Eilean Donan Castle, John O' Groats
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Land Sea and Islands Centre ©
Land Sea and Islands Centre

5
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Take a break from Glencoe with a short trip to Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve in Strontian, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, tee off at The Dragons Tooth Golf Course, and stroll through Lost Valley Trail.

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You can drive from Arisaig to Glencoe in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Glencoe are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Onich, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, West Highland Way, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Calton Hill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Edinburgh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Bushmills.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

3
nights
Bushmills

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Change things up with these side-trips from Bushmills: Derry (St. Augustine's Church, City Walls, &more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, take in the exciting artwork at The Puffin Gallery, and take in the pleasant sights at Causeway Coastal Route.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bushmills attractions planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Bushmills takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In October, daily temperatures in Bushmills can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Derry, Portrush, Causeway Coastal Route, The Puffin Gallery, Antrim Coast Road
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand

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