12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28 h
1
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Lochinver
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Arisaig
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dornoch Beach. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at River Foyers, then identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, and then stroll the grounds of Wardlaw Mausoleum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Inverness is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Inverness, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: highs in Inverness hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nairn Beach, Aigas Field Centre, Dornoch Beach, River Foyers
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Dornoch Beach ©
Dornoch Beach

2
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach and then kick back and relax at Polin Beach. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, and then make a trip to Cairn House Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

1
night
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, enjoy the sand and surf at Achmelvich Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lochinver trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Highlights from your plan
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach

1
night
Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Land Sea and Islands Centre, take a memorable drive along Silver Sands of Morar, and then kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Arisaig vacation planner .

Drive from Lochinver to Arisaig in 4.5 hours. In October in Arisaig, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Arisaig

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Morar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Morar Beach ©
Morar Beach
Land Sea and Islands Centre ©
Land Sea and Islands Centre

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh Castle and Real Mary King's Close will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip planner.

You can drive from Arisaig to Edinburgh in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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

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