22 days in Scotland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland Itinerary

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22 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+2
Fly + tram + train:  14​h 30​min
1
Aviemore
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cromarty
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Thurso
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Ullapool
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Ballachulish
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Montreal

2
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Abernethy National Nature Reserve and Glenmore Forest Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB - Insh Marshes and take in nature's colorful creations at Boat of Garten Community Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aviemore day trip planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Aviemore is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Montreal in September, with highs in Aviemore at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cromarty.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kingussie, Abernethy National Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Abernethy National Nature Reserve ©
Abernethy National Nature Reserve
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes

3
nights
Cromarty

Cromarty ©
Visit Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Kincardine Old Church for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nigg Old Church and Dornoch Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Cromarty: Dingwall (Tollie Red Kites & Mitchell Hill Cemetery), Falls of Shin (in Lairg) and Garve (Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve & Black Water Falls).

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cromarty day trip planning tool .

Drive from Aviemore to Cromarty in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cromarty can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Cromarty

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dingwall, Garve, Fairy Glen, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Falls of Shin
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Kincardine Old Church ©
Kincardine Old Church

2
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
On the 10th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, then get lost in a book at The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, then take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, and finally make a trip to Grey Cairns of Camster. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old St Peter's Church, enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse, visit a coastal fixture at Dunnet Head Lighthouse, then get great views at Dunnet Head, then pause for some serene contemplation at Canisbay Parish Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Castle and Gardens of Mey.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thurso trip planner .

Drive from Cromarty to Thurso in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ullapool.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wick, Dunnet Head Lighthouse, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Canisbay Parish Church, Grey Cairns of Camster
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster

3
nights
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ardvreck Castle and Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt. Take a break from the city and head to Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve and Achmelvich Beach. Step out of Ullapool with an excursion to Coire Mhic Fhearchair in Torridon--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at RhueArt, and take in the dramatic scenery at Corrieshalloch Gorge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ullapool trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Thurso to Ullapool in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Assynt, Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Achmelvich Beach
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
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Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve

3
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 outdoors at Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail and Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gairloch: Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks (in Balmacara), Glen Strathfarrar (in Beauly) and Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve (in Garve). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Project.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gairloch planner .

Drive from Ullapool to Gairloch in 1.5 hours. In September in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ballachulish.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, Russian Arctic Convoy Project, Eilean Donan Castle
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
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Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glen Strathfarrar ©
Glen Strathfarrar

3
nights
Ballachulish

Ballachulish ©
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Escape the urban bustle at Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Glen Etive. Go for a jaunt from Ballachulish to Glenfinnan to see Glenfinnan Church about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Glencoe Lochan, take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, make a trip to Holroyd Gallery, and appreciate the views at Glencoe.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ballachulish tour planner .

Getting from Gairloch to Ballachulish by car takes about 3.5 hours. September in Ballachulish sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glencoe Village, Glenfinnan Church, Holroyd Gallery, West Highland Way
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Real Mary King's Close and Edinburgh Castle. Get in touch with nature at Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, and don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Ballachulish to Edinburgh in 3 hours. In September in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill

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