32 days in Scotland Itinerary

32 days in Scotland Itinerary

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32 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  35​h
1
Nairn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Isle of Skye
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Isle of Lewis
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Stonehaven
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
8
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  33​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Nairn

Nairn ©
Nairn is a town and former burgh in the Highland council area of Scotland. Explore hidden gems such as Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Fort George. Cawdor Castle and Nigg Old Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nairn: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie), River Ness (in Inverness) and Cromarty (Hugh Miller Museum and Birthplace Cottage & East Church). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Glenfiddich Distillery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nairn trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Nairn is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get slightly colder in Nairn: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Nairn

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Inverness, Cromarty, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Nigg Old Church, Glenfiddich Distillery
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle
Fort George
Fort George

5
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Inveraray Castle and Inveraray Jail. Escape the urban bustle at Ben Nevis and Hunter Mountaineering. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Fort Augustus Abbey (in Fort Augustus) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and don't miss a visit to Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Nairn to Fort William. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Inveraray, Fort Augustus Abbey, Commando Monument, Glen Coe
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Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail

5
nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Skye Museum of Island Life. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Quiraing and Portree Harbour. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, step into the grandiose world of Duntulm Castle, stop by Tippecanoe, and explore the galleries of JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter).

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye online travel planner .

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Rothesay.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

1
night
Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Rothesay ©
The town of Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in the council area of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Rothesay's Victorian Toilets, stroll the grounds of St Michaels Chapel Ruins, and then explore the historical opulence of Rothesay Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rothesay trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Isle of Skye to Rothesay. In May, daytime highs in Rothesay are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Rothesay

Historic Sites
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Rothesay's Victorian Toilets ©
Rothesay's Victorian Toilets
Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart
St Blane's Chapel ©
St Blane's Chapel

4
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saint Magnus Cathedral and Orkneyinga Saga Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Brough Of Birsay in Birsay (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, and explore the activities along Scapa Flow.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kirkwall trip itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rothesay to Kirkwall. While traveling from Rothesay, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kirkwall, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Stenness, Birsay, Stromness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Orkneyinga Saga Centre
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

3
nights
Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Calanais Standing Stones and Gearannan Blackhouse Village. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Luskentyre Beach and Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Tiumpan Head Lighthouse, look for gifts at The Good Food Boutique, walk around Eoropie Dunes Park, and explore the galleries of Blue Pig Studio.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Lewis trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kirkwall to Isle of Lewis in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Stonehaven.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Luskentyre Beach
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Luskentyre Beach ©
Luskentyre Beach
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse ©
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

3
nights
Stonehaven

Stonehaven ©
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, look for gifts at iiMusic, then wander the streets of Footdee (Fittie), and finally explore the historical opulence of Dunnottar Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): stop by My Beautiful Caravan, step into the grandiose world of Crathes Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balmedie Beach.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Stonehaven itinerary app .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Isle of Lewis to Stonehaven in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Stonehaven, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Beaches Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Aberdeen, Crathes Castle
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Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle ©
Crathes Castle
Aberdeen Maritime Museum ©
Aberdeen Maritime Museum

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visiting Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Step out of Edinburgh to go to Roslin and see Rosslyn Chapel, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Grassmarket, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, and get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Stonehaven to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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