30 days in Scotland

30 days in Scotland

Jul 30, 2021  -  Aug 28, 2021
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Make it your trip
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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Edinburgh Airport, Drive to Livingston
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Livingston
— 1 night
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Braemar
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Andrews
— 1 night
Drive
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Aberdeen
— 8 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glencoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Stirling
— 1 night
Drive
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Dumfries
— 3 nights
Drive
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Livingston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 2 nights
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Livingston

— 1 night
Livingston is the largest town in West Lothian, Scotland. Linlithgow Palace has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Linlithgow Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Livingston trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Livingston is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get cooler in Livingston: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Braemar.

Things to do in Livingston

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Braemar

— 1 night
Braemar is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, around 58mi west of Aberdeen in the Highlands. Plan my day in Braemar using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Livingston to Braemar in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to St. Andrews.

Things to do in Braemar

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

St. Andrews

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Broughty Castle Museum as well as Ravenscraig Castle.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the St. Andrews online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Braemar to St. Andrews in 2 hours. In August in St. Andrews, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aberdeen.

Things to do in St. Andrews

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Aberdeen

— 8 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
You've added Craigievar Castle, Corgarff Castle, Kildrummy Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Dunnottar Castle and Drum Castle, Garden and Estate for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Fyvie Castle and Crathes Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Aberdeen side-trips: Braemar Castle (in Braemar) and Castle Fraser Garden & Estate (in Sauchen). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Slains Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Aberdeen trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from St. Andrews to Aberdeen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Aberdeen can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Inverness

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You've added Brodie Castle, Spynie Palace, Clava Cairns, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Culloden Battlefield and Inverness Castle. Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Urquhart Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planning tool.

You can drive from Aberdeen to Inverness in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kyle of Lochalsh

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dunscaith Castle as well as Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and then delve into the distant past at Dunscaith Castle.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyle of Lochalsh planner.

Getting from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Glencoe.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Glencoe

— 2 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 Inveraray Castle. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Kilchurn Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Castle Stalker.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Glencoe online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kyle of Lochalsh to Glencoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Glencoe, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Stirling.

Things to do in Glencoe

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Stirling

— 1 night
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Clackmannan Tower as well as Castle Campbell.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Stirling trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Glencoe to Stirling in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Stirling sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Dumfries.

Things to do in Stirling

Side Trips

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Dumfries

— 3 nights
Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Morton Castle, Caerlaverock Castle, Carlisle Castle, and other attractions.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dumfries trip planner.

Getting from Stirling to Dumfries by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Stirling in August, Dumfries is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Livingston.

Things to do in Dumfries

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Livingston

— 3 nights
Blackness Castle has been added to your itinerary. Visit Rosslyn Chapel and Midhope Castle for their historical value. Craigmillar Castle and Craignethan Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Livingston to go to Uddingston and see Bothwell Castle, which is approximately 44 minutes away.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Livingston driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Dumfries to Livingston takes 2 hours. Traveling from Dumfries in August, Livingston is a bit cooler at night with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Livingston

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Plan trip to Edinburgh with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Livingston to Edinburgh takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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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.

Dumfries and Galloway travel guide

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Gardens · Castles · History Museums
The mild climate and gentle landscapes of Dumfries and Galloway unavoidably influence the region’s culture, history, and everyday life. The region includes three National Scenic Areas, with numerous short- and long-distance walking paths and mountain bike trails. The rolling hills and lush valleys of this area hide some of the country’s most idyllic towns. This is one of Scotland’s sunniest regions, boasting some of the finest gardens in the entire country. Long accustomed to welcoming tourists from around the globe, even the smallest of the region’s attractions often include a convenient visitor center and a small local museum.