45 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

45 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Glasgow International Airport, Drive to Ballachulish
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Ballachulish
— 4 nights
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Mallaig
— 4 nights
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Nairn
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gairloch
— 6 nights
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Lochinver
— 5 nights
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Durness
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Fly
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London
— 8 nights
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Ballachulish

— 4 nights
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Step out of the city life by going to Glen Coe and Devil's Staircase. Venture out of the city with trips to Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (in Strontian) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). There's still lots to do: hike along Lost Valley Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, and make a trip to Ballachulish Slate Quarry.

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Washington DC, USA to Ballachulish is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Ballachulish due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Ballachulish at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Mallaig.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

Mallaig

— 4 nights
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Camusdarach Beach and Circular Walk. Visit Morar Beach and Samalaman Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Mallaig's surroundings by going to Sanna Bay (in Kilchoan), Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn) and Plodda Falls (in Tomich). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Morar and tee off at Traigh Golf Course.

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Traveling by car from Ballachulish to Mallaig takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mallaig are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Nairn.

Things to do in Mallaig

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Nairn

— 5 nights
Nairn is a town and former burgh in the Highland council area of Scotland. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Brora Beach and Nairn Beach. Get outdoors at Cairngorms National Park and Embo Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nairn: Dornoch (Coast Candle Co. & Royal Dornoch Golf Club), Golspie (Big Burn Walk & Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve) and Castle Stuart Golf Links (in Dalcross). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Rosemarkie Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery48, take in the dramatic scenery at Fairy Glen Falls, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

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You can drive from Mallaig to Nairn in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Nairn

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 30:

Gairloch

— 6 nights
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Red Point Beach and Mellon Udrigle Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail and Glen Torridon. Venture out of the city with trips to Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon), Corrieshalloch Gorge (in Ullapool) and Dog Falls (in Tomich). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Loch Maree, tee off at Gairloch Golf Club, brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Project, and admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

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You can drive from Nairn to Gairloch in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Gairloch are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:

Lochinver

— 5 nights
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Step out of the city life by going to Achmelvich Beach and Scourie Bay. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to Ullapool (Inverpolly Nature Reserve, Lael Forest Walks, &more) and Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, snap pictures at Kylesku Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, and explore the activities along Culag Woods.

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Drive from Gairloch to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. June in Lochinver sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 10:

Durness

— 5 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Visiting Durness Beach and Sandwood Bay Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sango Bay and Rispond Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Polin Beach) and Bettyhill (Farr Beach & Farr Stone). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lotte Glob.

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You can drive from Lochinver to Durness in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 15:

Edinburgh

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

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Drive from Durness to Edinburgh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 21:

London

— 8 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Platinum Training. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (in Burford) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

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Getting from Edinburgh to London by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. June in London sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 29:

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.