30 days in Scotland

30 days in Scotland

PJ Leary

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Make it your trip
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Glasgow
— 4 nights
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Fort William
— 4 nights
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
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Durness
— 4 nights
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Wick
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 6 nights
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
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Glasgow

— 4 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Puck's Glen (in Benmore), Argyll Adventure - Inveraray (in Inveraray) and Falkirk Wheel (in Falkirk). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

To plan Glasgow vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Washington, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington to Glasgow due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington in August, with highs in Glasgow at 64°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort William

— 4 nights
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. Go for a jaunt from Fort William to Duror to see Highland Titles Nature Reserve about 36 minutes away. On the 30th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Ben Nevis. There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Fort William itinerary planner.

Drive from Glasgow to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyle of Lochalsh

— 2 nights
On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Attadale Gardens, then step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Glomach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyle of Lochalsh vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Kyle of Lochalsh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Durness

— 4 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach), Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt) and Lochinver (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Achmelvich Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Sango Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach, play a few rounds at Durness Golf Club, and Head underground at Smoo Cave.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Durness in 3.5 hours. In September in Durness, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Wick.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Wick

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thurso (Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust & Dunnet Head) and Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, explore the historical opulence of Old Wick Castle, and step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wick journey planner.

You can drive from Durness to Wick in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Wick are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Inverness

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly), Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie) and Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore). There's still lots to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, steep yourself in history at Fort George, explore the activities along Loch Ness, and look for gifts at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Inverness online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wick to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. September in Inverness sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 6 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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.