47 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

47 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom sightseeing planner

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Glasgow
— 5 nights
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Fort William
— 3 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 6 nights
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Stromness, Mainland
— 1 night
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Pitlochry
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
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London
— 16 nights
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Glasgow

— 5 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
For shopping fun, head to Buchanan Street or A D Rattray Whisky Shop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stirling Castle and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glasgow: Culzean Castle (in Maybole), Stirling (Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park & National Wallace Monument) and Doune Castle (in Doune). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis, admire the striking features of Falkirk Wheel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Inveraray Jail.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glasgow driving holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Glasgow is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Glasgow is minus 10 hours. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Glasgow, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:

Fort William

— 3 nights
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. Take a break from the city and head to Ben Nevis and Nevis Range Mountain Resort. Step off the beaten path and head to Glen Coe and Steall Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: The Dragons Tooth Golf Course (in Ballachulish), Oban Distillery (in Oban) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and don't miss a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip planner.

You can drive from Glasgow to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Isle of Skye

— 3 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eilean Donan Castle and Kilt Rock. Step out of the city life by going to The Quiraing and Portree Harbour. Get out of town with these interesting Isle of Skye side-trips: Ratagan to Glenelg (in Ratagan) and Plockton Seal Trips (in Plockton). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr, relax in the rural setting at The Oyster Shed, and don't miss a visit to Neist Point.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip maker website.

Getting from Fort William to Isle of Skye by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Inverness

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Urquhart Castle and Cairngorm Mountain. Culloden Battlefield and Fort George will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Aviemore (Loch an Eilein, Loch Morlich, &more). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and examine the collection at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Inverness sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 18:

Stromness, Mainland

— 1 night
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, and then don't miss a visit to Ness of Brodgar.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Stromness trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Inverness to Stromness in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. August in Stromness sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Step off the beaten path and head to Smoo Cave and Durness Beach. Get in touch with nature at Balnakeil Beach and Achmelvich Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Scourie Bay (in Scourie), Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Clachtoll Beach Campsite (in Clachtoll). The adventure continues: stroll through Sango Bay.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durness trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stromness to Durness takes 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Pitlochry

— 2 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Dalwhinnie Distillery, see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Edradour Distillery, get engrossed in the history at The Scottish Crannog Centre, and then don't miss a visit to Queen's View Visitor Centre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pitlochry visit planner.

Getting from Durness to Pitlochry by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Edinburgh

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and St Andrews Links. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rosslyn Chapel and St Giles' Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Dundee to see Pirate Boats about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Grassmarket, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Calton Hill, and make a trip to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Edinburgh driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:

London

— 16 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Windsor Castle and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Head to Borough Market and Piccadilly Circusfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: The Snow Centre (in Hemel Hempstead), Hampton Court Palace (in East Molesey) and St Albans Cathedral (in St. Albans). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Beachy Head, admire the masterpieces at Wallace Collection, step into the grandiose world of Hever Castle & Gardens, and learn about all things military at IWM Duxford.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our London online itinerary maker.

Getting from Edinburgh to London by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, things will get a bit warmer in London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 15:

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.