12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
1
Arisaig
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Gairloch
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Kinlochbervie
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Brora
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. On the 18th (Sun), get your game on at Arisaig Archery, enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, and then stroll through Silver Sands of Morar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, explore the ancient world of Castle Tioram, look for gifts at Woodland Pottery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Glenfinnan Church, then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Arisaig trip builder site .

Washington DC, USA to Arisaig is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Arisaig due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Arisaig, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Arisaig

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, Castle Tioram, Woodland Pottery & Crafts, Morar Beach
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Castle Tioram ©
Castle Tioram
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument

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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Gairloch Heritage Museum, then look for gifts at Perfume Studio, then look for gifts at Treasure Chest, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gairloch travel route planner .

You can drive from Arisaig to Gairloch in 3.5 hours. August in Gairloch sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kinlochbervie.

Things to do in Gairloch

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Red Point Beach, Perfume Studio
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Perfume Studio ©
Perfume Studio
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Gairloch Museum ©
Gairloch Museum

1
night
Kinlochbervie

Kinlochbervie
Kinlochbervie is a harbour village in the north west of Sutherland, in the Highland region of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): kick back and relax at Scourie Bay, then kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kinlochbervie road trip app .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Kinlochbervie takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Brora.

Things to do in Kinlochbervie

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Scourie Bay
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Scourie Bay ©
Scourie Bay

1
night
Brora

Brora ©
Brora is a village in the east of Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland.Origin of the nameThe name Brora is derived from ancient Norse, meaning 'river with a bridge.'HistoryA small industrial village having at one time a coal pit, boat building, salt pans, fish curing, lemonade factory, the new Clynelish Distillery (as well as the old Clynelish distillery which is now called the Brora distillery ), wool mill, bricks and a stone quarry. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll through Embo Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, then stop by Pandora's Emporium, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Brora trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Kinlochbervie to Brora in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Brora

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Embo Beach
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Brora Beach ©
Brora Beach
Pandora's Emporium ©
Pandora's Emporium

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 23rd (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Picaresque Books, look for gifts at Campbell's of Beauly, then look for gifts at Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop, and finally stop by The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, stop by Crafty Wee Birdie Gift Shop, stop by Cheese Pantry@ Connage, then stop by Judith Glue, and finally look for gifts at Caledonian Gifts and Souvenirs.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Inverness trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brora to Inverness takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nairn, Picaresque Books, The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach, Campbell's of Beauly
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The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach ©
The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Picaresque Books ©
Picaresque Books

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Scotland and Urbane Art Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, explore the wide array of goods at Jenners, look for gifts at Cadenhead's, and don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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