45 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

45 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

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45 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Ballachulish
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mallaig
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nairn
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Gairloch
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lochinver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Edinburgh
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
London
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  11​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

4
nights
Ballachulish

Ballachulish ©
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. Take a break from the city and head to Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Glen Etive. Step out of Ballachulish to go to Strontian and see Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Glencoe, don't miss a visit to Ballachulish Slate Quarry, trek along Lost Valley Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Glencoe Lochan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ballachulish trip itinerary website .

Washington DC, USA to Ballachulish is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Ballachulish, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Ballachulish to be little chillier, temps between 59°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mallaig.

Things to do in Ballachulish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Glencoe, North Ballachulish, Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan

4
nights
Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Escape the urban bustle at Camusdarach Beach and Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands). Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Morar Beach and Samalaman Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Mallaig side-trips: All The Goodness (in Ardelve), Sanna Bay (in Kilchoan) and Plodda Falls (in Tomich). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Loch Morar, hike along Circular Walk, and tee off at Traigh Golf Course.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mallaig trip planner .

Getting from Ballachulish to Mallaig by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nairn.

Things to do in Mallaig

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Arisaig, Plodda Falls, All The Goodness, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), Samalaman Beach
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Morar Beach ©
Morar Beach

5
nights
Nairn

Nairn ©
Nairn is a town and former burgh in the Highland council area of Scotland. Visiting Rosemarkie Beach and Nairn Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brora Beach and Embo Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nairn: Golspie (Big Burn Walk & Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve), Fairy Glen (in Rosemarkie) and Dornoch (Coast Candle Co. & Royal Dornoch Golf Club). Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Cairngorms National Park. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links, shop like a local with Gallery48, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nairn day trip planning website .

Drive from Mallaig to Nairn in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Nairn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dornoch, Rosemarkie, Golspie, Culloden Battlefield, Gallery48
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Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
Brora Beach ©
Brora Beach

6
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. We've included these beaches for you: Red Point Beach and Mellon Udrigle Beach. Get outdoors at Loch Maree and Walking and Wildlife Adventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Gairloch: Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon), Corrieshalloch Gorge (in Ullapool) and Dog Falls (in Tomich). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glen Torridon, look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, hike along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Flowerdale Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gairloch route builder website .

You can drive from Nairn to Gairloch in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Dog Falls, Russian Arctic Convoy Project, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:
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Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge

5
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. We've included these beaches for you: Achmelvich Beach and Clachtoll Beach Campsite. Get outdoors at Lael Forest Walks and Ullapool Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Lochinver side-trips: Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Ullapool (Inverpolly Nature Reserve, The Bone Caves, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Little Assynt Estate, explore the activities along Culag Woods, explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle, and take a memorable drive along Drumbeg Loop.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lochinver day trip website .

You can drive from Gairloch to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ullapool, Scourie Bay, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Ardvreck Castle, Kylesku Bridge
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Scourie Bay ©
Scourie Bay

5
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get in touch with nature at Sandwood Bay Beach and Durness Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Balnakeil Beach and Oldshoremore Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Bettyhill (Farr Beach & Farr Stone) and Polin Beach (in Kinlochbervie). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, shop like a local with Wee Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Durness trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Durness takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Durness are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Bettyhill
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 15:
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Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visiting Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Durness to Edinburgh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. 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

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
BobCat Alpacas ©
BobCat Alpacas

8
nights
London

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Step out of the city life by going to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and Speed Boats Tours. Take a break from London with a short trip to Cotswolds Distillery in Stourton, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, and snap pictures at Tower Bridge.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our London travel planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in London are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Cotswolds Distillery
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens ©
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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