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
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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 Lost Valley Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (in Strontian). There's still lots to do: hike along Devil's Staircase, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Highland Way, admire the sheer force of The Meeting of the Three Waters, and identify plant and animal life at Glencoe Lochan.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ballachulish trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Ballachulish is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Ballachulish. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Ballachulish reach 59°F and lows reach 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 Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) and Samalaman Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Mallaig's surroundings by going to All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop (in Ardelve), Plodda Falls (in Tomich) and Sanna Bay (in Kilchoan). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Morar Beach, play a few rounds at Traigh Golf Course, and take in the dramatic natural features at Loch Morar.

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You can drive from Ballachulish to Mallaig in 1.5 hours. In May in Mallaig, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 44°F at night. 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 Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Nairn: Embo Beach (in Embo), Golspie (Big Burn Walk & Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve) and Coast Candle Co. (in Dornoch). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Rosemarkie Beach, admire the sheer force of Fairy Glen Falls, play a few rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links, and make a trip to Culloden Battlefield.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nairn trip builder app.

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 · Beaches · Nature

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 Loch Maree and Walking and Wildlife Adventures. Venture out of the city with trips to Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon), Corrieshalloch Gorge (in Ullapool) and Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail (in Kinlochewe). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon, admire the sheer force of Flowerdale Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, and brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Project.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nairn to Gairloch takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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 trek along Culag Woods.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lochinver trip planner.

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 Sango Bay will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sandwood Bay Beach and Balnakeil Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Bettyhill (Farr Beach & Farr Stone) and Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Polin Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, Head underground at Smoo Cave, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness trip planner.

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 · Beaches · Outdoors · 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 Great Away Days. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, and contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip builder app.

Drive from Durness to Edinburgh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel 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 4 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 travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

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.