30 days in Scotland

30 days in Scotland

Jul 1, 2022  -  Jul 30, 2022
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Make it your trip
Fly
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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
5
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glencoe
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Stirling
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Dumfries
— 2 nights
Drive
9
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 Ravenscraig Castle, Midhope Castle, Craigmillar Castle, and other attractions. Venture out of the city with trips to Doune Castle (in Doune) and Stirling Castle (in Stirling).

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh vacation maker tool.

Washington DC, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Edinburgh is 5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in Edinburgh at 66°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to St. Andrews.
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St. Andrews — 2 nights

You've added Claypotts Castle, Broughty Castle Museum, Glamis Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of St Andrews Castle, examine the collection at Broughty Castle Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Claypotts Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the St. Andrews trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Edinburgh to St. Andrews in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in St. Andrews, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aberdeen.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Aberdeen — 6 nights

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kildrummy Castle, Drum Castle, Garden and Estate, Duffus Castle Gallery, and other attractions you added. Step out of Aberdeen to go to Ballater and see Balmoral Castle, which is approximately 1h 25 min away.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aberdeen trip itinerary website.

Drive from St. Andrews to Aberdeen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Inverness.
Historic Sites · Parks
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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 much more to do: explore the activities along Loch Ness, explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Inverness online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Kyle of Lochalsh — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyle of Lochalsh trip itinerary planning website.

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 (Mon) 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. You've added Inveraray Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glencoe trip maker tool.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Glencoe in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Glencoe sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Stirling.
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Stirling — 3 nights

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

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Stirling trip planner.

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 July, daily temperatures in Stirling can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 Muncaster Castle as well as Threave Castle. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Caerlaverock Castle and then explore the historical opulence of Threave Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dumfries route builder tool.

Drive from Stirling to Dumfries in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Stirling in July, Dumfries is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Livingston.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Livingston — 4 nights

Livingston is the largest town in West Lothian, Scotland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Linlithgow Palace. Change things up with a short trip to Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh (about 36 minutes away).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Livingston itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Dumfries to Livingston takes 2 hours. Traveling from Dumfries in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Livingston. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back 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.