5 days in Scotland Itinerary

5 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland trip planner

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Edinburgh
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Durness
— 1 night
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Aviemore
— 1 night
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Balloch
— 1 night
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Edinburgh

— 1 night

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 26th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Calton Hill, take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Glasgow to Edinburgh is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Durness

— 1 night
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 28th (Mon), kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics, then stroll through Durness Beach, and finally stroll through Sango Bay.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Durness tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Durness are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Aviemore

— 1 night
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 29th (Tue), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Grantown Antiques and Collectables, stop by Carrbridge Artisans Craft Shop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and finally take an exotic tour of Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Aviemore holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Aviemore takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Balloch.

Things to do in Aviemore

Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Balloch

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): look for gifts at Tir Na Nog and then browse the different shops at Loch Lomond Shores.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Balloch tour app.

Drive from Aviemore to Balloch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Balloch

Shopping

Side Trip

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.