57 days in Scotland Itinerary

57 days in Scotland Itinerary

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57 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Fort William
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Gairloch
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Lochinver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Thurso
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Dornoch
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Aviemore
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Edinburgh
— 12 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Norfolk

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 out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Glenfinnan (Glenfinnan Church, Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, and cruise along Morar Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William vacation builder site .

Norfolk, USA to Fort William is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk to Fort William is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Ballachulish, Spean Bridge
Find places to stay May 5 — 13:
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Strathcarron (Attadale Gardens, Beinn Liath Mhor, & more), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Strome Castle (in Lochcarron). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, take in nature's colorful creations at Inverewe Garden, identify plant and animal life at Loch Maree, and head outdoors with Walking and Wildlife Adventures.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gairloch journey planner .

Getting from Fort William to Gairloch by car takes about 3 hours. May in Gairloch sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Strathcarron, Poolewe, Aultbea, Applecross, Red Point Beach
Find places to stay May 13 — 20:
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Attadale Gardens ©
Attadale Gardens
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

5
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to Ullapool (The Minch, Lael Forest Walks, & more) and Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach, explore the activities along Loch Assynt, look for gifts at The Jammery Culkein, and take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain.

Plan trip to Lochinver with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Lochinver takes 2.5 hours. In May in Lochinver, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ullapool, The Jammery Culkein, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Loch Assynt, Ardvreck Castle
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve
Loch Assynt ©
Loch Assynt

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: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island), Kyle Of Tongue (in Tongue) and Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, learn more about the world around you at Durness Deep Time, explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath, and make a trip to Cairn House Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Durness trip planning site .

Drive from Lochinver to Durness in 1.5 hours. In May in Durness, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Kyle Of Tongue, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay

5
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Thurso: John O'Groats (Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop & Duncansby Head), Dunbeath Castle Gardens (in Dunbeath) and Whaligoe Steps (in Whaligoe). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, explore the historical opulence of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, and visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Thurso online route maker .

Traveling by car from Durness to Thurso takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dunnet, Wick, John O'Groats, Dunnet Bay, Whaligoe Steps
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Caithness Seacoast Ltd ©
Caithness Seacoast Ltd

4
nights
Dornoch

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dornoch: Loch Brora (in Brora), Fairy Glen (in Rosemarkie) and River Helmsdale (in Helmsdale). And it doesn't end there: tee off at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, kick back and relax at Brora Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, and explore by horseback at Hollingwells Equestrian.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dornoch trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Thurso to Dornoch takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aviemore.

Things to do in Dornoch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Golspie, Brora, River Helmsdale, Fairy Glen, Invergordon Golf Club
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Royal Dornoch Golf Club ©
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Hollingwells Equestrian ©
Hollingwells Equestrian

10
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Aviemore side-trips: Dalwhinnie Distillery (in Dalwhinnie) and Newtonmore (Highland Folk Museum & Ardverikie Estate). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cairngorms National Park, stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Rothiemurchus, and take in the awesome beauty at Cairngorm Mountain.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Aviemore online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Dornoch to Aviemore takes 1.5 hours. June in Aviemore sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Newtonmore, Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie, Cairngorms National Park, Dalwhinnie Distillery
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve

12
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step out of Edinburgh with an excursion to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh tour itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Aviemore to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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