53 days in Scotland Itinerary

53 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Glasgow
— 5 nights
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Glencoe
— 6 nights
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Arisaig
— 3 nights
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Plockton
— 4 nights
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Gairloch
— 7 nights
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Durness
— 5 nights
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Wick
— 4 nights
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Golspie
— 4 nights
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Inverness
— 7 nights
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Edinburgh
— 7 nights

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Glasgow

Glasgow ©

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Glasgow: Conic Hill (in Balmaha), Blackstone Clydesdales & Dig-a-Day Experience (in Cumnock) and A D Rattray Whisky Shop (in Kirkoswald). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, take an in-depth tour of People's Palace and Winter Gardens, and stroll around Kelvingrove Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Glasgow trip itinerary planning tool.

Venice, Italy to Glasgow is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Venice in September, expect Glasgow to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Strathblane Falconry ©
Strathblane Falconry
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel ©

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Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Get out of town with these interesting Glencoe side-trips: Kenmore (The Scottish Crannog Centre & Loch Tay Safaris) and Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (in Strontian). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Highland Way, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe, and play a few rounds at The Dragons Tooth Golf Course.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Glencoe trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Glasgow to Glencoe in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Glencoe are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arisaig.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 20:
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glen Etive
Glen Etive

3
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Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Venture out of the city with trips to Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn), Glenfinnan (Glenfinnan Church, Glenfinnan Viaduct, &more) and Nc'nean Distillery (in Drimnin). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre, step into the grandiose world of Castle Tioram, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camusdarach Beach, and tee off at Traigh Golf Course.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arisaig sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Glencoe to Arisaig in 1.5 hours. September in Arisaig sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Plockton.

Things to do in Arisaig

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre ©
Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre
Land Sea and Islands Centre ©
Land Sea and Islands Centre

4
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Plockton

Plockton ©
Get out of town with these interesting Plockton side-trips: See The Highlands (in Lochcarron), Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross) and Falls of Glomach (in Kyle of Lochalsh).

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Plockton road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Arisaig to Plockton in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Plockton

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
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Attadale Gardens ©
Attadale Gardens
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint

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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. Explore Gairloch's surroundings by going to Loch Assynt (in Lairg), Ullapool (Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum, Corrieshalloch Gorge, &more) and Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, play a few rounds at Gairloch Golf Club, explore the activities along Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, and trek along Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plockton to Gairloch takes 2 hours. September in Gairloch sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
Achnahaird Bay ©
Achnahaird Bay
Russian Arctic Convoy Museum ©
Russian Arctic Convoy Museum
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durness: Lochinver (Little Assynt Estate & Achmelvich Beach), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, tee off at Durness Golf Club, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness trip planning app.

Getting from Gairloch to Durness by car takes about 3 hours. October in Durness sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Wick.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wick side-trips: Thurso (Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust & Wolfburn), Strathy Point Lighthouse (in Strathy) and Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, learn more about the world around you at Seadrift Visitor Centre, examine the collection at Castlehill Heritage Centre, and step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wick using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Wick takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Golspie.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Strathnaver Museum ©
Strathnaver Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head

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Golspie

Golspie ©
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Golspie is known for historic sites, trails, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at River Helmsdale, take an in-depth tour of Ferrycroft Visitor Centre, and enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Golspie trip planner.

You can drive from Wick to Golspie in 1.5 hours. In October in Golspie, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Golspie Golf Club ©
Golspie Golf Club
Brora Beach ©
Brora Beach

7
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Inverness

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Well of the Seven Heads (in Laggan), Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain & Cairngorm Brewery) and Fort William (Ben Nevis & Steall Waterfall). And it doesn't end there: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, play a few rounds at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, and see Quad Bike Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planning site.

Drive from Golspie to Inverness in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©

Athens of the North

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, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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