28 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Aberdeen
— 2 nights
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Thurso
— 3 nights
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Aviemore
— 4 nights
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Arisaig
— 3 nights
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Glencoe
— 4 nights
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Glasgow
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh
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Aberdeen — 2 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Venture out of the city with trips to Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Museum (in Johnshaven), Peterhead Prison Museum (in Peterhead) and Montrose (St Cyrus National Nature Reserve & Ferryden Viaduct). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Aberdeen Art Gallery, sample the fine beverages at Royal Lochnagar Distillery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and look for all kinds of wild species at Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aberdeen trip itinerary planner.

Edinburgh to Aberdeen is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. November in Aberdeen sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Thurso.
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Thurso — 3 nights

Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thurso: Grey Cairns of Camster (in Roster), John O'Groats (Duncansby Head & John O'Groats Signpost) and Embo Beach (in Embo). There's much more to do: stop by Above and Beyond Tours of Caithness, get your bearings at Seadrift Visitor Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Geise Farm Activities, and look for gifts at Jail Dornoch.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Thurso road trip planning site.

You can drive from Aberdeen to Thurso in 5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aviemore.
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Aviemore — 4 nights

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Step out of Aviemore with an excursion to Dalwhinnie Distillery in Dalwhinnie--about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris, get great views at An Lochan Uaine (Green Loch), stroll through Cairngorm Mountain, and kick back and relax at Loch Morlich.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aviemore vacation site.

Getting from Thurso to Aviemore by car takes about 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Aviemore can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arisaig.
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Arisaig — 3 nights

Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Explore Arisaig's surroundings by going to Glenfinnan (Loch Shiel & Glenfinnan Viaduct), Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross) and Gill Wilson Studio/Gallery (in Strontian). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Traigh Beach, stroll through Morar Beach, delve into the distant past at Maelrubha's Chapel, and look for gifts at Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arisaig vacation planner.

Getting from Aviemore to Arisaig by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Aviemore in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 6°C in Arisaig. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glencoe.
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Glencoe — 4 nights

Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, hike along Glencoe Lochan, sample the fine beverages at Pixel Spirits, and take an exotic tour of Glen Coe Photography Safari.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Glencoe trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Arisaig to Glencoe in 1.5 hours. In December in Glencoe, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glasgow.
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Glasgow — 5 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Ayr), Dalgarven Mill (in Kilwinning) and Stirling Distillery (in Stirling). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, walk around Pollok Country Park, identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, and examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel.

To find out how to plan a trip to Glasgow, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip app.

You can drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Scotland travel guide

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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.
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