43 days in Scotland Itinerary

43 days in Scotland Itinerary

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43 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aviemore
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Thurso
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ullapool
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Gairloch
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Drumnadrochit
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Fort William
— 9 nights
Bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Glasgow (The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel & Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. In August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glasgow
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 17:
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The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

5
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Aviemore is known for winter sports, nature, wildlife, theme parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cairngorms National Park, identify plant and animal life at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, head outdoors with Thunder in the glens, and admire the natural beauty at Boat of Garten Community Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aviemore tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Aviemore sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kingussie, Cairngorms National Park, Grantown Antiques and Collectables
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:
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Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
Glenmore Forest Park ©
Glenmore Forest Park
Craigellachie National Nature Reserve ©

4
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thurso: Golspie (Dunrobin Castle and Gardens & Big Burn Walk), John O'Groats (Duncansby Head & Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop) and Dornoch (Coast Candle Co., Historylinks Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, step into the grandiose world of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, pause for some photo ops at Farr Stone, and enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Thurso route builder website .

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Thurso takes 3 hours. August in Thurso sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dornoch, John O'Groats, Golspie, Brora, Wick
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Royal Dornoch Golf Club ©
Royal Dornoch Golf Club

4
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, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, stroll through Balnakeil Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay, and learn more about the world around you at Durness Deep Time.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Durness day trip site .

Getting from Thurso to Durness by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Durness are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

4
nights
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Venture out of the city with trips to Lochinver (Achmelvich Beach & Drumbeg Loop), Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt) and Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Achnahaird Bay, trek along The Bone Caves, stroll through Lael Forest Walks, and take in breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ullapool trip planner .

Getting from Durness to Ullapool by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ullapool can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lochinver, Ross and Cromarty, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Ardvreck Castle
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:
Highlights from your plan
Achnahaird Bay ©
Achnahaird Bay
Coire Mhic Fhearchair ©
Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach

5
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gairloch: Kishorn Selfie Box (in Strathcarron), Applecross (Bealach na Ba Viewpoint & Applecross Photographic Gallery) and Plockton Harbour (in Plockton). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, admire the sheer force of Black Water Falls, get outside with Torridon National Trust Estate, and take in breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve.

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You can drive from Ullapool to Gairloch in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Garve, Kinlochewe, Applecross, Poolewe, Torridon National Trust Estate
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 8:
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Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

3
nights
Drumnadrochit

Drumnadrochit ©
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Venture out of the city with trips to Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin (in Cannich), River Foyers (in Foyers) and Beauly (Loch Affric Circular Walk, Glen Strathfarrar, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, explore the galleries of Kilmorack Gallery, contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey, and take in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church.

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Traveling by car from Gairloch to Drumnadrochit takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Fort Augustus Abbey, Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, River Foyers
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
River Foyers ©
River Foyers
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh ©
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

9
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 Arisaig (Arisaig Archery, Camusdarach Beach, & more), Morar Beach (in Morar) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, explore the striking landscape at Glen Roy National Nature Reserve, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Drumnadrochit to Fort William by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Roybridge, Glencoe, Arisaig, Spean Bridge
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

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