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

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Highland Aviation Museum, enjoy some diversion at Bowhunter Archery, then take in the views from Culloden Viaduct, and finally get your game on at Infinity Trampoline Park Inverness. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, enjoy the sand and surf at Loch Morlich, and then have some family-friendly fun at Aviemore Kart Raceway.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Inverness is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Inverness is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Inverness to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Inverness

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Aviemore, Bowhunter Archery
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Bowhunter Archery ©
Bowhunter Archery
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Aviemore Kart Raceway ©
Aviemore Kart Raceway

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 24th (Tue): stop by Treasure Chest, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach, don't miss a visit to Solas Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mellon Udrigle Beach, then make a trip to Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gairloch online route builder .

You can drive from Inverness to Gairloch in 2 hours. In December in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mellon Udrigle Beach, Red Point Beach, Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition
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Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Mellon Udrigle Beach ©
Mellon Udrigle Beach
Russian Arctic Convoy Museum ©
Russian Arctic Convoy Museum

3
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Polin Beach and Durness Deep Time. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and The Jammery Culkein (in Stoer). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, snap pictures at Kylesku Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rispond Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness journey planning website .

Drive from Gairloch to Durness in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Kylesku Bridge, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Scourie Bay, The Jammery Culkein
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Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Scourie Bay ©
Scourie Bay

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Attractions like Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Dynamic Earth make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and look for gifts at Castlehill Whisky.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh holiday planning tool .

Getting from Durness to Edinburgh by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ©
Dynamic Earth ©
Dynamic Earth
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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