60 days in Scotland Itinerary

60 days in Scotland Itinerary

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1
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 3 nights
2
Isle of Harris
— 6 nights
3
Gairloch
— 7 nights
4
Lochinver
— 4 nights
5
Durness
— 5 nights
6
Thurso
— 5 nights
7
Inverness
— 7 nights
8
Isle of Skye
— 5 nights
9
Fort William
— 7 nights
10
Edinburgh
— 8 nights

3
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 Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Orkney Museum and Broch of Gurness. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Click Mill, take an unorthodox tour of Ring of Brodgar, and get outside with MV Valkyrie.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kirkwall itinerary tool.

Sydney, Australia to Kirkwall is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Kirkwall, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Harris.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromness, Stenness, Broch of Gurness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Click Mill
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness ©
Standing Stones of Stenness
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

6
nights
Isle of Harris

Isle of Harris ©
Harris is the southern and more mountainous part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Step out of the city life by going to Luskentyre Beach and Scarista Beach. For shopping fun, head to Blue Pig Studio or Morven Gallery. Explore Isle of Harris' surroundings by going to The Blackhouse (in Arnol), Uig Museum (in Timsgarry) and Lews Castle (in Stornoway). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Calanais Standing Stones, contemplate the long history of Gearannan Blackhouse Village, take in the exciting artwork at Ardbuidhe Cottage Gallery, and explore the galleries of Holmasaig Gallery.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Isle of Harris trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kirkwall to Isle of Harris. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Isle of Harris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Isle of Lewis, Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach), The Blackhouse, Blue Pig Studio, Uig Museum
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The Blackhouse ©
The Blackhouse
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse ©
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

7
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. Visit Red Point Beach and Mellon Udrigle Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Loch Maree and Flowerdale Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon), Perfume Studio (in Mellon Charles) and Ullapool (Corrieshalloch Gorge & Falls of Measach). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gairloch Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, and head outdoors with Torridon National Trust Estate.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Gairloch road trip website.

Explore your travel options from Isle of Harris to Gairloch with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Gairloch are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Ullapool, Torridon National Trust Estate, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Red Point Beach
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 18:
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Gairloch Museum ©
Gairloch Museum
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Achmelvich Beach and Ardvreck Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at RhueArt and Ullapool Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lochinver: Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Ullapool (Ullapool Hill, Lael Forest Walks, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, trek along Culag Woods, contemplate the waterfront views at Achmelvich Bay, and take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lochinver online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Gairloch to Lochinver by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lochinver are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ullapool, Ardvreck Castle, Scourie Bay, Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Scourie Bay ©
Scourie Bay

5
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Escape the urban bustle at Smoo Cave and Sango Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Balnakeil Beach and Sandwood Bay Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island), Dun Dornaigil Broch (in Altnaharra) and Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath.

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Drive from Lochinver to Durness in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, Dun Dornaigil Broch
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:
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Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach

5
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Let the collections at Wick Heritage Museum and Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Farr Beach and Dunnet Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thurso: Strathy Point Lighthouse (in Strathy), Canisbay Parish Church (in Canisbay) and Clan Gunn Museum (in Latheron). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, contemplate the long history of Dunbeath Preservation Trust, delve into the distant past at Old St Peter's Church, and enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Thurso itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durness to Thurso in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wick, Dunnet, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Grey Cairns of Camster, Strathy Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 1:
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Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster

7
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Culloden Battlefield and Inverness Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Scottish Flair Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Nairn Beach (in Nairn), Glen Affric National Nature Reserve (in Cannich) and Cromarty (St Regulus & Gallery48). There's lots more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness online attractions planner.

Drive from Thurso to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Nairn, Aviemore, Portmahomack, Cromarty
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Skye Blue Gallery and Favourite Things. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks for their historical value. Step out of Isle of Skye with an excursion to Ratagan to Glenelg in Ratagan--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Claigan Coral Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point, get engrossed in the history at Skye Museum of Island Life, and experience rural life at The Oyster Shed.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyle of Lochalsh, Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, Ratagan to Glenelg
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing

7
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. Get some historical perspective at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Inveraray Jail. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Camusdarach Beach and Samalaman Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballachulish (The Dragons Tooth Golf Course & Sustrans Cycle Track), Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Oban Distillery (in Oban). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, kick back and relax at Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), and admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fort William trip planner.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Morar Beach, Oban Distillery
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 20:
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Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

8
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit Edinburgh Castle and Doune Castle for their historical value. Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Glasgow (Glasgow Cathedral, The Necropolis, &more), Tibbermore Parish Church (in Perth) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Surgeons' Hall Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh sightseeing planning site.

Drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Edinburgh sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Glasgow, Tibbermore Parish Church, Doune Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 28:
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle

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