12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  29​h
1
Aviemore
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Beauly
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Wick
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Glencoe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

1
day
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB - Insh Marshes, then identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, then contemplate the long history of The Old Packhorse Bridge, and finally identify plant and animal life at Abernethy National Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aviemore trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Aviemore is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Aviemore. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit cooler in Aviemore: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Beauly.

Things to do in Aviemore

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kingussie, Abernethy National Nature Reserve
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Abernethy National Nature Reserve ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

1
night
Beauly

Beauly ©
Beauly is a town in the Kilmorack Parish of the Scottish County of Inverness, on the River Beauly, 10mi west of Inverness by the Far North railway line. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, identify plant and animal life at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, then get to know the fascinating history of Glen Strathfarrar, then explore the ancient world of The Eagle Stone, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tollie Red Kites.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Beauly road trip planning website .

You can drive from Aviemore to Beauly in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Wick.

Things to do in Beauly

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Eagle Stone, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Tollie Red Kites
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Glen Strathfarrar ©
Glen Strathfarrar

1
night
Wick

Wick ©
On the 11th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, step into the grandiose world of Old Wick Castle, then explore the ancient world of Hill O' Many Stanes, and finally contemplate the long history of Grey Cairns of Camster.

Plan a Wick trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Beauly to Wick by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Wick, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Grey Cairns of Camster
Highlights from your plan
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe ©
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

2
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay. On the next day, kick back and relax at Scourie Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Oldshoremore Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Durness route planner.

Traveling by car from Wick to Durness takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

1
night
Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle of Lochalsh ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Eilean Donan Castle, stop by All The Goodness, then steep yourself in history at Strome Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, and finally make a trip to Plockton Harbour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kyle of Lochalsh tour planning site .

You can drive from Durness to Kyle of Lochalsh in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Plockton Harbour, Strome Castle, Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop
Highlights from your plan
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Strome Castle ©
Strome Castle

1
night
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
On the 15th (Sun), trek along Glencoe Lochan, then stroll through Lost Valley Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Glencoe trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kyle of Lochalsh to Glencoe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trip

Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan
Lost Valley Trail ©
Lost Valley Trail

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Georgian House. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then view the masterpieces at Stills Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Edinburgh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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