30 days in Scotland Itinerary

30 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
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St. Andrews
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aberdeen
— 6 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glencoe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Stirling
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dumfries
— 2 nights
Drive
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Livingston
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh — 3 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Craigmillar Castle, Blackness Castle, Ravenscraig Castle, and other attractions. Venture out of the city with trips to Doune Castle (in Doune) and Stirling Castle (in Stirling).

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary tool.

Washington DC, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In August, Edinburgh is colder than Washington DC - with highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to St. Andrews.
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St. Andrews — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Glamis Castle, St Andrews Castle and Broughty Castle Museum. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of St Andrews Castle and then examine the collection at Broughty Castle Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Andrews online tour planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to St. Andrews by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in St. Andrews sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aberdeen.
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Aberdeen — 6 nights

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
You've added Fyvie Castle, Dunnottar Castle, Duffus Castle Gallery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Aberdeen to Ballater to see Balmoral Castle about 1h 20 min away.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aberdeen online journey builder.

You can drive from St. Andrews to Aberdeen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Inverness.
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Inverness — 3 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Clava Cairns as well as Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Ness, steep yourself in history at Urquhart Castle, and make a trip to Culloden Battlefield.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip site.

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Inverness are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Kyle of Lochalsh — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyle of Lochalsh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glencoe.
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Glencoe — 3 nights

Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Your day by day itinerary now includes Castle Stalker, Inveraray Castle and Kilchurn Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glencoe road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyle of Lochalsh to Glencoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Glencoe sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Stirling.
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Stirling — 3 nights

Stirling is a city in central Scotland. You've added Stirling Ghostwalk, Stirling Castle, Clackmannan Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at National Wallace Monument.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Stirling trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Stirling takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dumfries.
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Dumfries — 2 nights

Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Threave Castle as well as Muncaster Castle. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Muncaster Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dumfries online road trip planner.

You can drive from Stirling to Dumfries in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Stirling in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in Dumfries. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Livingston.
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Livingston — 4 nights

Livingston is the largest town in West Lothian, Scotland. You've now added Linlithgow Palace to your itinerary. When in Livingston, make a side trip to see Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, approximately Edinburgh away. There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Midhope Castle.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Livingston trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dumfries to Livingston in 2 hours. Traveling from Dumfries in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Livingston. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
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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