45 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

45 days in Scotland & London Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  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
Fly:  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. Step out of the city life by going to Devil's Staircase and Glen Coe. 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: explore the striking landscape at Buachaille Etive Mor, hike along Glencoe Lochan, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, 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 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. 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

Side Trips

Glencoe, North Ballachulish, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, West Highland Way, Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve
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Devil's Staircase ©
Devil's Staircase
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. Get outdoors at Camusdarach Beach and Circular Walk. Visit Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) and Morar Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Mallaig's surroundings by going to Samalaman Beach (in Glenuig), All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop (in Ardelve) and Plodda Falls (in Tomich). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Loch Morar, 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

Side Trips

Arisaig, Samalaman Beach, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), Sanna Bay, All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Samalaman Beach ©
Samalaman Beach

5
nights
Nairn

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

Side Trips

Golspie, Rosemarkie, Dornoch, Cairngorms National Park, Culloden Battlefield
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:
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Rosemarkie Beach ©
Rosemarkie 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. 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 Loch Maree. Venture out of the city with trips to Corrieshalloch Gorge (in Ullapool), Coire Mhic Fhearchair (in Torridon) and Dog Falls (in Tomich). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon, play a few rounds at Gairloch Golf Club, admire the sheer force of Flowerdale Waterfall, and identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry.

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You can drive from Nairn to Gairloch in 2 hours. In May in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Russian Arctic Convoy Project, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, Red Point Beach
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
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

5
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
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 Ullapool Hill. Relax by the water at Clachtoll Beach Campsite and Scourie Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lochinver: Ullapool (Inverpolly Nature Reserve, Lael Forest Walks, &more), Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt) and Kylesku Bridge (in Kylesku). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Achmelvich Bay, cruise along Drumbeg Loop, and hike along Culag Woods.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lochinver travel planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ullapool, Ardvreck Castle, Kylesku Bridge, Scourie Bay, Clachtoll Beach Campsite
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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. Visiting Durness Beach and Sandwood Bay Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Polin Beach and Balnakeil Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Oldshoremore Beach (in Kinlochbervie) and Bettyhill (Farr Beach & Farr Stone). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, Head underground at Smoo Cave, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, and take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics.

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

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
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 fly; 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

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 21:
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Platinum Training. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (in Burford). 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 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. 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 Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Cotswolds Distillery
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 29:
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Speed Boats Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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