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
Drive
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Lochinver
— 5 nights
Drive
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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, explore the striking landscape at Buachaille Etive Mor, admire the sheer force of The Meeting of the Three Waters, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Highland Way.

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 21.5-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 Loch Morar. Visit Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) and Morar Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Mallaig's surroundings by going to Plodda Falls (in Tomich), Samalaman Beach (in Glenuig) and All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop (in Ardelve). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Circular Walk, tee off at Traigh Golf Course, and head outdoors with Sanna Bay.

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

Drive from Ballachulish to Mallaig in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up 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 Rosemarkie Beach. Get outdoors at Cairngorms National Park and Nairn Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nairn: Embo Beach (in Embo), Golspie (Big Burn Walk & Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve) and Castle Stuart Golf Links (in Dalcross). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Fairy Glen Falls, look for gifts at Coast Candle Co., take in the exciting artwork at Gallery48, and tee off at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nairn online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mallaig to Nairn takes 3 hours. May in Nairn sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow 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 Loch Maree and Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon), Dog Falls (in Tomich) and Corrieshalloch Gorge (in Ullapool). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon, tee off at Gairloch Golf Club, 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 Clachtoll Beach Campsite. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt), Ullapool (Inverpolly Nature Reserve, Lael Forest Walks, &more) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). There's much more to do: hike along Culag Woods, take in the views from Kylesku Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, and contemplate the waterfront views at Achmelvich Bay.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lochinver vacation planner.

You can drive from Gairloch to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. In June in Lochinver, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 Balnakeil Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sandwood Bay Beach and Rispond 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 Sango Bay, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, and browse the exhibits of Lotte Glob.

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 · 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: 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 5.5 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 catch the flight 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 · 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.