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
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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, identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, 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 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.
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Mallaig — 4 nights

Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Camusdarach Beach and Morar Beach. Visit Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) and Samalaman Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Mallaig's surroundings by going to Plodda Falls (in Tomich) and Sanna Bay (in Kilchoan). There's much more to do: hike along Circular Walk, play a few rounds at Traigh Golf Course, and take in the dramatic natural features at Loch Morar.

Plan trip to Mallaig with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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.
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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 Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Nairn: Embo Beach (in Embo), Castle Stuart Golf Links (in Dalcross) and Golspie (Big Burn Walk & Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Nairn Beach, admire the sheer force of Fairy Glen Falls, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, and look for gifts at Coast Candle Co..

Discover how to plan a Nairn trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Mallaig to Nairn in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nairn can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gairloch.
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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), Corrieshalloch Gorge (in Ullapool) and Dog Falls (in Tomich). 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.
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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.
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Durness — 5 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Visiting Sandwood Bay Beach and Oldshoremore Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Durness Beach and Sango Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Polin Beach (in Kinlochbervie) and Bettyhill (Farr Beach & Farr Stone). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, Head underground at Smoo Cave, explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, and take in the exciting artwork at 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.
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Edinburgh — 6 nights

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 BobCat Alpacas. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Great Away Days, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary maker 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. 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.
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London — 8 nights

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 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.
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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.
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