36 days in Scotland Itinerary

36 days in Scotland Itinerary

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36 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  27 h
1
Edinburgh
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Glencoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Fort Augustus
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Gairloch
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Aviemore
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  29 h
End: Melbourne

7
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, approximately Glasgow away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, browse the exhibits of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Edinburgh, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Edinburgh are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

4
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Glencoe is known for nature, wildlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, stroll through Devil's Staircase, explore the striking landscape at Buachaille Etive Mor, and don't miss a visit to Ballachulish Slate Quarry.

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

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glencoe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Glencoe can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Loch Linnhe
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

3
nights
Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus ©
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Augustus: Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy), Drumnadrochit (St Ninians Church & Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh) and Beauly (Aigas Field Centre & Loch Affric Circular Walk). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along River Foyers, steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, admire the sheer force of Invermoriston Falls, and admire the local landmark of Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fort Augustus trip planner.

You can drive from Glencoe to Fort Augustus in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Fort Augustus are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Foyers, Invermoriston Falls, Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
River Foyers ©
River Foyers
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh ©
Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

5
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. Get out of town with these interesting Gairloch side-trips: Torridon National Trust Estate (in Achnasheen), Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon) and Garve (Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, tee off at Gairloch Golf Club, admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, and identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gairloch trip site.

Traveling by car from Fort Augustus to Gairloch takes 2.5 hours. In October in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Garve, Kinlochewe, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Torridon National Trust Estate
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Coire Mhic Fhearchair ©
Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Gruinard Bay Caravan Park ©
Gruinard Bay Caravan Park
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Take a break from Lochinver with a short trip to Ardvreck Castle in Assynt, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Achmelvich Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Achmelvich Bay, and take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Kirkaig.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lochinver vacation maker.

You can drive from Gairloch to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lochinver can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Stoer, Assynt, Falls of Kirkaig, Achnahaird Bay, Loch Assynt
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Achnahaird Bay ©
Achnahaird Bay
Achmelvich Bay ©
Achmelvich Bay
Falls of Kirkaig ©
Falls of Kirkaig

3
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, get curious at Durness Deep Time, kick back and relax at Sango Bay, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Durness trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Durness takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay

6
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Aviemore is known for winter sports, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glenmore Forest Park, trek along Speyside Way Long Distance Trail, play a few rounds at Grantown Golf Course, and contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Gynack.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aviemore travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Aviemore takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kingussie, Grantown-on-Spey, Cairngorms National Park
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Glenmore Forest Park ©
Glenmore Forest Park
Craigellachie National Nature Reserve ©
Loch Gynack ©
Loch Gynack

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