43 days in Scotland Itinerary

43 days in Scotland Itinerary

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43 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Aviemore
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Beauly
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Thurso
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Fort Augustus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Arisaig
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Glencoe
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Newark

5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip builder app .

Newark, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newark in September: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 62°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

6
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Glenmore Forest Park. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Thunder in the glens, play a few rounds at Kingussie Golf Club, hike along Speyside Way Long Distance Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Abernethy National Nature Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aviemore day trip planner .

Drive from Edinburgh to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Beauly.

Things to do in Aviemore

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Working Sheepdogs, Abernethy National Nature Reserve, Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie Golf Club
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:
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Loch Morlich Watersports ©
Loch Morlich Watersports
Glenmore Forest Park ©
Glenmore Forest Park
Carrbridge Golf Club ©
Carrbridge Golf Club

3
nights
Beauly

Beauly ©
Beauly is a town in the Kilmorack Parish of the Scottish County of Inverness, on the River Beauly, 10mi west of Inverness by the Far North railway line. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beauly: Royal Dornoch Golf Club (in Dornoch) and Black Water Falls (in Garve). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, have some family-friendly fun at Wildwoodz, get to know the fascinating history of Glen Strathfarrar, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Black Isle Brewery.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Beauly trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Beauly takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Beauly

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Munlochy, Strathpeffer, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Tollie Red Kites, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Royal Dornoch Golf Club ©
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Blackmuir Woods ©
Blackmuir Woods

5
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thurso: Castle Sinclair Girnigoe (in Wick), Golspie (Big Burn Walk & Dunrobin Castle and Gardens) and John O'Groats (Duncansby Head & Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, explore the activities along River Helmsdale, and kick back and relax at Dunnet Bay.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Thurso trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Beauly to Thurso in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wick, John O'Groats, Dunnet, Golspie, Brora Beach
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

5
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach), Lochinver (Drumbeg Loop, Achmelvich Beach, & more) and Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, explore the activities along Loch Assynt, view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob, and Head underground at Smoo Cave.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Durness trip planner .

Traveling by car from Thurso to Durness takes 2.5 hours. In October in Durness, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lochinver, Kinlochbervie, Loch Assynt, Ardvreck Castle
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:
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Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

3
nights
Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus ©
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Augustus: Foyers (River Foyers & Hillside Path), Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh (in Drumnadrochit) and Farigaig Forest (in Inverfarigaig). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, tee off at Fort Augustus Golf Club, get great views at Suidhe Viewpoint, and admire the sheer force of The Falls of Foyers.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fort Augustus trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Durness to Fort Augustus by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fort Augustus can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Foyers, Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh, Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Farigaig Forest
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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River Foyers ©
River Foyers
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh ©
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh
Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin ©
Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin

3
nights
Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle of Lochalsh ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyle of Lochalsh: Kinlochewe (Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail & Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve), Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross) and Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon).

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyle of Lochalsh trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Fort Augustus to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Plockton Harbour, Solas Gallery, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Carron Pottery
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

5
nights
Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arisaig: Kilchoan (Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse & Sanna Bay), Ardnamurchan Distillery (in Glenbeg) and Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Camusdarach Beach, explore the activities along Loch Shiel, don't miss a visit to Glenfinnan Viaduct, and steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Arisaig attractions tool .

Getting from Kyle of Lochalsh to Arisaig by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Arisaig, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glencoe.

Things to do in Arisaig

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Kilchoan, Castle Tioram, Ardnamurchan Distillery, Samalaman Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse ©
Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse
Arisaig Archery ©
Arisaig Archery

6
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Glencoe is known for nature, wildlife, trails, winter sports, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Buachaille Etive Mor, stroll through Lost Valley Trail, and appreciate the views at Glencoe.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Glencoe trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Arisaig to Glencoe in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Inchree Waterfalls, Ice Factor, West Highland Way
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glencoe ©
Glencoe
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

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