30 days in Scotland Itinerary

30 days in Scotland Itinerary

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30 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Aberdeen
train:  30​min
1
Stonehaven
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Crail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Glasgow
— 4 nights
4
Glasgow
— 2 nights
5
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Stirling
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Ullapool
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Fort Augustus
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Aberdeen

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Stonehaven

Stonehaven ©
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Dunnottar Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Dunnottar Castle, look for gifts at My Beautiful Caravan, then contemplate the long history of Stonehaven Clock Tower, and finally explore the ancient world of Cowie Chapel, St Mary of the Storms.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Stonehaven trip itinerary planning tool .

Aberdeen to Stonehaven is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Stonehaven, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Crail.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Historic Sites Shopping
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Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
My Beautiful Caravan ©
My Beautiful Caravan

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Crail

Crail ©
Crail; Cathair Aile) is a former royal burgh, parish and community council area (named Royal Burgh of Crail and District) in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland.The civil parish has a population of 1,812 (in 2011).HistoryCrail probably dates from at least as far back as the Pictish period, as the place-name includes the Pictish/Brythonic element caer, 'fort'. On the 15th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Nicholsons Sweet and Ice Cream Shop and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Pop In.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Crail route planner .

You can drive from Stonehaven to Crail in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Crail are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Crail

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Pittenweem, St Monan's Windmill and Salt Pans, Robinson Crusoe Statue, Cellardyke Harbour, Billow Ness Beach
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Nicholsons Sweet and Ice Cream Shop ©
St. Fillan's Cave ©
St. Fillan's Cave
Robinson Crusoe Statue ©
Robinson Crusoe Statue

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Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
You've now added The Kelpies to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Seamill Beach and Stevenston Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Auchentullich Farm Shop and Crossraguel Abbey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glasgow: Tinto Hill (in Coulter), Gourock (Lunderston Bay & The Tower Hill) and Cathedral of the Isles (in Millport). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Turnberry Lighthouse, explore the ancient world of Antonine Wall Bearsden Bath House, step into the grandiose world of Greenan Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Glasgow trip maker app .

Getting from Crail to Glasgow by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Glasgow are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gourock, Auchentullich Farm Shop, Greenan Castle, Crossraguel Abbey, Turnberry Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:
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Cathedral of the Isles ©
Cathedral of the Isles
Crossraguel Abbey ©
Crossraguel Abbey
Lunderston Bay ©
Lunderston Bay

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Glasgow

Glasgow ©
You've now added The Kelpies to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): sample the fine beverages at The Clydeside Distillery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Govan Old Parish Church, and then steep yourself in history at Glasgow Green. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Troon Beach, stroll through Dean Castle and Country Park, then shop like a local with Princes Square, and finally explore the world behind art at Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow online trip maker .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Gouldings Garden Centre, Troon Beach, Dean Castle and Country Park, The Kelpies
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Princes Square ©
Princes Square
Merchant City ©
Merchant City
The Clydeside Distillery ©
The Clydeside Distillery

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Fort William

Fort William ©
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. Ben Nevis has been added to your itinerary. St. Conan’s Kirk and Saint Andrew's Church will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Signal Rock and An Torr. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Castle Stalker (in Appin) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at West Highland Way, pause for some photo ops at Fort William War Memorial, make a trip to Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery, and take a peaceful walk through Fairy Forest.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fort William tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Castle Stalker, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, West Highland Way, St. Conan’s Kirk
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis

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Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): snap pictures at Greig Street Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church, stop by Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop, pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness, then contemplate the long history of Inverness Castle Viewpoint, and finally examine the collection at ShipSpace. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Findhorn Beach, snap pictures at Culloden Viaduct, take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery, then have some family-friendly fun at Infinity Trampoline Park Inverness, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Inverness Kart Raceway.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness attractions planner .

Getting from Fort William to Inverness by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Inverness sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Findhorn Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop ©
Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop
Old High Church, Inverness ©
Old High Church, Inverness
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church

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Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
On the 29th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Dunscaith Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Talisker Beach, then contemplate the long history of Dun Beag Broch, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trumpan Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Black Cuillin, stop by The Isle of Skye Soap Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Portree Parish Church, then explore the ancient world of Clach Ard Symbol Stone, then explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle, and finally learn more about the world around you at Staffin Fossil Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Stirling.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Dunscaith Castle ©
Dunscaith Castle
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Trumpan Church ©
Trumpan Church

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Stirling

Stirling
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stirling Castle as well as Melrose Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Melrose Abbey, have some family-friendly fun at Cats Meow Kittea Cafe, appreciate the history behind Robert The Bruce Monument, then explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel Royal, and finally contemplate the long history of Stirling Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Stirling online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Isle of Skye to Stirling in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daily temperatures in Stirling can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ullapool.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Melrose Abbey
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Melrose Abbey ©
Melrose Abbey
Cambuskenneth Abbey ©
Cambuskenneth Abbey

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Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. We've included these beaches for you: Scourie Bay and Clachtoll Beach Campsite. Shop till you drop at Ullapool Market and RhueArt. Get out of town with these interesting Ullapool side-trips: Lochinver (Hermit's Castle & Clachtoll Broch), Kylesku Bridge (in Kylesku) and Durness (Lotte Glob & Rispond Beach). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt, explore the activities along The Minch, admire the natural beauty at Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum, and trek along Ullapool Hill.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ullapool travel planning site .

Getting from Stirling to Ullapool by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lochinver, Durness, Scourie Bay, Kylesku Bridge, Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Stac Pollaidh Mountain ©
Stac Pollaidh Mountain
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Scourie Bay ©
Scourie Bay

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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. Invergarry Castle and Bridge of Oich will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Grampian Mountains and Falls of Glomach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Augustus side-trips: Ardverikie Estate (in Newtonmore), Ratagan to Glenelg (in Ratagan) and Dog Falls (in Tomich). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Strome Castle, get great views at Suidhe Viewpoint, appreciate the extensive heritage of Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, and explore the activities along Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin.

Find out how to plan Fort Augustus trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Fort Augustus takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Fort Augustus are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Invergarry, Falls of Glomach, Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Urquhart Castle, Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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General Wade’s Military Roads ©
General Wade’s Military Roads
Invergarry Castle ©
Invergarry Castle

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You've now added Dunnottar Castle to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Greyfriars Kirkyard and Gladstone's Land. Get in touch with nature at Dalhousie Castle Falconry and Portobello Beach. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Jupiter Artland, contemplate the long history of Hopetoun House, browse the range of quality goods at House of Fraser, and see the interesting displays at Museum on the Mound.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip maker tool .

Drive from Fort Augustus to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Dunnottar Castle, Dalhousie Castle Falconry
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Hopetoun House ©
Hopetoun House
Greyfriars Kirkyard ©
Greyfriars Kirkyard

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