30 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland sightseeing planner
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Inverness
— 6 nights
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Durness
— 4 nights
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Thurso
— 3 nights
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Gairloch
— 4 nights
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Ballachulish
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
— 8 nights
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Inverness — 6 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to TreeZone Aviemore (in Aviemore), Corrimony Chambered Cairn (in Drumnadrochit) and Newtonmore (Clan Macpherson Museum & Highland Folk Museum). There's much more to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, step into the grandiose world of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), and take in the history at Battlefield Select Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planner.

London to Inverness is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in May, Inverness is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 22:

Durness — 4 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get some cultural insight at Ardvreck Castle and Balnakeil Craft Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie), Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver) and Kylesku Bridge (in Kylesku). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, head off the coast to Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Bay.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness online tour builder.

You can drive from Inverness to Durness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Durness are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Thurso.
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Thurso — 3 nights

Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Wick Heritage Museum and Castlehill Heritage Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Thurso: Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats), Laidhay Croft Museum (in Dunbeath) and Wick (Castle Sinclair Girnigoe & Old Wick Castle). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, kick back and relax at Melvich Beach, and make a trip to Whaligoe Steps.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Thurso journey planner.

You can drive from Durness to Thurso in 2.5 hours. In May in Thurso, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gairloch.
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Gairloch — 4 nights

Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eilean Donan Castle and Gairloch Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Gairloch: Plockton Harbour (in Plockton), Strome Castle (in Lochcarron) and Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan (in Glenelg). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, hike along Ullapool Hill, take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon, and admire the sheer force of Corrieshalloch Gorge.

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

Drive from Thurso to Gairloch in 3.5 hours. May in Gairloch sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Ballachulish.
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Ballachulish — 4 nights

The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castle Tioram and Land Sea and Islands Centre. Explore Ballachulish's surroundings by going to Killin (Moirlanich Longhouse & Falls of Dochart), Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse (in Kilchoan) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Glencoe National Nature Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ballachulish tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Ballachulish takes 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ballachulish can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 8 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Floors Castle (in Kelso), Glasgow (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, The Mackintosh House, &more) and Stirling Castle (in Stirling). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ballachulish to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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