60 days in Scotland Itinerary

60 days in Scotland Itinerary

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60 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  13 h
1
Edinburgh
— 19 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Arisaig
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Gairloch
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Wick
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Inverness
— 17 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Knoxville

19
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Glasgow (City Chambers, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, &more) and Elie Beach (in Elie). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh route maker.

Knoxville, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Knoxville to Edinburgh, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Knoxville, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glasgow, Elie Beach
Find places to stay May 1 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

4
nights
Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Popular historic sites such as Eilean Donan Castle and Camas nan Geall are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse and Castle Tioram. Venture out of the city with trips to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross), The Morar Cross (in Morar) and Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, examine the collection at Land Sea and Islands Centre, head outdoors with Morar Beach, and stop by Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods.

Before you visit Arisaig, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Arisaig in 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Arisaig

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mallaig, Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), Camas nan Geall, Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

8
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Russian Arctic Convoy Museum and Stoer Lighthouse. Visit Red Point Beach and Mellon Udrigle Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Gairloch side-trips: Strome Castle (in Lochcarron), Strathcarron (Kishorn Selfie Box & Attadale Gardens) and All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop (in Ardelve). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gairloch Museum, identify plant and animal life at Loch Maree, admire the natural beauty at Inverewe Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glen Torridon.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gairloch day trip site.

You can drive from Arisaig to Gairloch in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ullapool, Strathcarron, Poolewe, Lairg, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
Find places to stay May 25 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop ©
All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop
Stoer Lighthouse ©
Stoer Lighthouse

5
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Balnakeil Craft Village and Mudness Ceramics. Ardvreck Castle and Lotte Glob are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durness: Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach, Sandwood Bay Beach, &more), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Clachtoll Beach Campsite (in Clachtoll). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Durness holiday builder website.

Drive from Gairloch to Durness in 3 hours. June in Durness sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wick.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Ardvreck Castle, Achmelvich Beach
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach

5
nights
Wick

Wick ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Wick Heritage Museum and Castlehill Heritage Centre. You'll get in some beach time at Brora Beach and Farr Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Wick: Canisbay Parish Church (in Canisbay), Holburn Head Lighthouse (in Scrabster) and Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wick road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Durness to Wick takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bettyhill, Thurso, Dunnet, John O'Groats, Canisbay Parish Church
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Brora Beach ©
Brora Beach

17
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Fused and Lightfor plenty of shopping. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Embo Beach (in Embo), Drumnadrochit (St Ninians Church & Corrimony Chambered Cairn) and Dornoch (Dornoch Cathedral & Dornoch Beach). There's lots more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosemarkie Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Inverness trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Wick to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Inverness are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Newtonmore, Cromarty, Nairn, Beauly
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Tarbat Discovery Centre ©
Tarbat Discovery Centre

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