47 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

47 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom sightseeing planner

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Glasgow
— 5 nights
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Fort William
— 3 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 6 nights
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Stromness, Mainland
— 1 night
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Pitlochry
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
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London
— 16 nights
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Glasgow

— 5 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
For shopping fun, head to Buchanan Street or A D Rattray Whisky Shop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stirling Castle and Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glasgow: Culzean Castle (in Maybole), National Wallace Monument (in Stirling) and Doune Castle (in Doune). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at The Necropolis, admire the striking features of Falkirk Wheel, explore the historical opulence of Inveraray Castle, and identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry.

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

Brisbane, Australia to Glasgow is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Glasgow is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for little chillier days in Glasgow, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort William

— 3 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. Take a break from the city and head to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Step off the beaten path and head to Nevis Range Mountain Resort and Glenfinnan Viaduct. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort William: The Dragons Tooth Golf Course (in Ballachulish), Oban Distillery (in Oban) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). There's much more to do: examine the collection at West Highland Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fort William route app.

Getting from Glasgow to Fort William by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Isle of Skye

— 3 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eilean Donan Castle and The Old Man of Storr. Step out of the city life by going to The Quiraing and Plockton Seal Trips. When in Isle of Skye, make a side trip to see Ratagan to Glenelg in Ratagan, approximately Ratagan away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neist Point, experience rural life at The Oyster Shed, and contemplate the waterfront views at Portree Harbour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye holiday planner.

Getting from Fort William to Isle of Skye by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Urquhart Castle and Cairngorm Mountain. Culloden Battlefield and Fort George will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Aviemore (Loch an Eilein, Loch Morlich, &more). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and examine the collection at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Inverness sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Stromness, Mainland

— 1 night
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, and then don't miss a visit to Ness of Brodgar.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Stromness trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Inverness to Stromness in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. August in Stromness sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Step off the beaten path and head to Smoo Cave and Durness Beach. Get in touch with nature at Balnakeil Beach and Sandwood Bay Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Clachtoll Beach Campsite (in Clachtoll). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay and kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Durness trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Stromness to Durness by car takes about 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Pitlochry

— 2 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Dalwhinnie Distillery, see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Edradour Distillery, get engrossed in the history at The Scottish Crannog Centre, and then don't miss a visit to Queen's View Visitor Centre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pitlochry visit planner.

Getting from Durness to Pitlochry by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish National Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Pirate Boats (in Dundee) and St Andrews Links (in St. Andrews). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grassmarket, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh road trip site.

Drive from Pitlochry to Edinburgh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

London

— 16 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Windsor Castle and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Head to Borough Market and Fortnum & Masonfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: The Snow Centre (in Hemel Hempstead), Hampton Court Palace (in East Molesey) and St Albans Cathedral (in St. Albans). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Beachy Head, admire the masterpieces at Wallace Collection, step into the grandiose world of Hever Castle & Gardens, and learn about all things military at IWM Duxford.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our London online itinerary maker.

Getting from Edinburgh to London by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, things will get a bit warmer in London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.