11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Durness
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lochinver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gairloch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Inverness
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 5th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and finally steep yourself in history at Advocate's Close.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Edinburgh is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 2 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in October: highs in Edinburgh hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

1
night
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 7th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Wee Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Durness road trip tool .

Drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay

2
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. On the 8th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, contemplate the waterfront views at Culag Woods, join in the after-dark buzz at The Jammery Culkein, then kick back and relax at Scourie Bay, then shop like a local with RhueArt, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Kirkaig. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, then kick back and relax at Polin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lochinver trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. October in Lochinver sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Falls of Kirkaig, Scourie Bay, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, RhueArt
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Culag Woods ©
Culag Woods
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): hike along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gairloch trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Lochinver to Gairloch by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Red Point Beach
Highlights from your plan
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach

4
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get outdoors at Speyside Way Long Distance Trail and Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn. Museum-lovers will appreciate Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Fused and Light. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Beauly (Kilmorack Gallery & Glen Strathfarrar), Nigg Old Church (in Nigg) and Tollie Red Kites (in Dingwall). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Ferintosh Community Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Laggan Parish Church, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery48, and shop like a local with Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

Make your Inverness itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Gairloch to Inverness in 2 hours. In October in Inverness, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingwall, Newtonmore, Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Cromarty
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition ©
Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

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