12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Mobile
taxi + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lochinver
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kilchoan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Mobile

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit Edinburgh Old Town and The Real Mary King's Close for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh travel route builder .

Mobile, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mobile to Edinburgh, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mobile in April, with highs in Edinburgh at 53°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get answers to all your questions at Culloden Battlefield, step into the grandiose world of Fort George, pause for some serene contemplation at Nigg Old Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Regulus, and finally kick back and relax at Nairn Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, then steep yourself in history at Strathpeffer Pump Room, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Strathfarrar, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip planning tool .

Getting from Edinburgh to Inverness by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Inverness are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, Fort Augustus Abbey, Nigg Old Church, Strathpeffer Pump Room, Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Glen Strathfarrar ©
Glen Strathfarrar

2
nights
Wick

Wick ©
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Dunnet Bay, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Old Wick Castle, don't miss a visit to Whaligoe Steps, then make a trip to Grey Cairns of Camster, then sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and finally contemplate the long history of Old St Peter's Church.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wick planning site .

Drive from Inverness to Wick in 2.5 hours. In April in Wick, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Old St Peter's Church, Dunnet Bay, Grey Cairns of Camster, Dunnet Bay Distillery, Whaligoe Steps
Highlights from your plan
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster

1
night
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. On the 22nd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Achmelvich Beach, explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle, and then kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Lochinver day trip site .

Drive from Wick to Lochinver in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kilchoan.

Things to do in Lochinver

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ardvreck Castle, Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

2
nights
Kilchoan

Kilchoan ©
Kilchoan is a village on the Scottish peninsula of Ardnamurchan, in Lochaber, Highland. On the 23rd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Castle Tioram, examine the collection at Land Sea and Islands Centre, then take a memorable drive along Morar Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse, then stroll the grounds of Camas nan Geall, and then stroll through Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands).

To find out how to plan a trip to Kilchoan, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Kilchoan takes 5.5 hours. April in Kilchoan sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilchoan

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Arisaig, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), Castle Tioram, Morar Beach, Camas nan Geall
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Castle Tioram ©
Castle Tioram

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