20 days in Scotland Itinerary

20 days in Scotland Itinerary

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20 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Bus + Fly:  11​h
1
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Glencoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Glasgow
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  11​h 45​min
End: Portland

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online sightseeing planner.

Portland, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Edinburgh is 5 hours. In September, Edinburgh is a bit cooler than Portland - with highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

3
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, then Head underground at Smoo Cave, then kick back and relax at Durness Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sango Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob, explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath, then stroll through Sandwood Bay Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Dun Dornaigil Broch.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Durness trip builder tool.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September in Durness, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dun Dornaigil Broch, Sandwood Bay Beach
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Go for a jaunt from Inverness to Aviemore to see Cairngorm Mountain about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Inverness Botanic Gardens, explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle, and delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Inverness road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Durness to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Cairngorm Mountain, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Urquhart Castle
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Distillery Tours
Fort George
Fort George
River Ness ©
River Ness

3
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
On the 27th (Sun), stroll through Glencoe Lochan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters, then look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, and finally trek along West Highland Way. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ballachulish Slate Quarry, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then tee off at The Dragons Tooth Golf Course, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glencoe trip website.

Getting from Inverness to Glencoe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Glencoe can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Loch Linnhe, West Highland Way
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

3
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
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 Stirling (Stirling Castle & The Old Town Jail). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, stroll around Pollok Country Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Glasgow online road trip planner.

Drive from Glencoe to Glasgow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Glasgow sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stirling
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Glasgow Tigers Speedway ©
Glasgow Tigers Speedway
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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