20 days in Scotland Itinerary

20 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip itinerary planning app.

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 moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Portland in September: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 62°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Walking tours

3
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 21st (Mon), don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sango Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob, explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath, then kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach, and finally make a trip to Dun Dornaigil Broch.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Durness road trip tool.

Getting from Edinburgh to Durness by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with a short trip to Cairngorm Mountain in Aviemore (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Urquhart Castle, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness vacation website.

Getting from Durness to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glencoe.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Urquhart Castle, Cairngorm Mountain
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Distillery Tours
Fort George
Fort George
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. On the 27th (Sun), trek along Glencoe Lochan, take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, then identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive, and finally stroll through West Highland Way. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Ballachulish Slate Quarry, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then play a few rounds at The Dragons Tooth Golf Course, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Glencoe trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Glencoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
West Highland Way ©
West Highland Way
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: Stirling (Stirling Castle & The Old Town Jail). There's much more to do: bet on your favorite at Glasgow Tigers Speedway, walk around Kelvingrove Park, admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Glasgow Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip itinerary site.

Getting from Glencoe to Glasgow by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Glasgow are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for 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
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel ©
The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

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