11 days in Scotland Itinerary

11 days in Scotland Itinerary

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11 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lochinver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Drumnadrochit
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Athens

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. Visit Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, stop by Mackenzie Leather, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planning site .

Athens, Greece to Edinburgh is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Athens to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Athens in August: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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

2
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Sango Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Balnakeil Craft Village. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics, and then kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durness road trip planning website .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sandwood Bay Beach
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Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach

2
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle, and then kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at RhueArt, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scourie Bay, then stop by The Jammery Culkein, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lochinver trip planning tool .

Drive from Durness to Lochinver in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lochinver are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ullapool, The Jammery Culkein, Scourie Bay, Ardvreck Castle, Clachtoll Beach Campsite
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Scourie Bay ©
Scourie Bay

3
nights
Drumnadrochit

Drumnadrochit ©
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Glen Strathfarrar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, and finally go for a walk through St Ninians Church. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, then get a taste of the local shopping with Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, then identify plant and animal life at Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Drumnadrochit day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Drumnadrochit takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glen Affric National Nature Reserve ©

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