12 days in Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Arisaig
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Dornoch
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Inverness
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Dublin

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Old Town and Edinburgh Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. National Museum of Scotland and Royal Yacht Britannia will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Real Mary King's Close, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary maker app .

Dublin, Ireland to Edinburgh is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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

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 6th (Sat): cruise along Silver Sands of Morar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, then look for gifts at Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, and finally explore the ancient world of Castle Tioram.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arisaig trip planner .

Drive from Edinburgh to Arisaig in 4 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, you will find days in Arisaig are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Arisaig

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, Castle Tioram, Morar Beach
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Castle Tioram ©
Castle Tioram
Morar Beach ©
Morar Beach

3
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, & more) and Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, and stroll through Balnakeil Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness trip builder .

Traveling by car from Arisaig to Durness takes 5 hours. July in Durness sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dornoch.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
Dornoch

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 10th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, then look for gifts at The Carnegie Whisky Cellars, and finally kick back and relax at Dornoch Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dornoch tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Durness to Dornoch in 2.5 hours. July in Dornoch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Dornoch

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Dornoch Beach ©
Dornoch Beach
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Dornoch Cathedral ©
Dornoch Cathedral

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, play a few rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nairn Beach. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Fort George, take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle, then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, and finally explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inverness vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Dornoch to Inverness takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nairn, Beauly Priory, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle
Highlights from your plan
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

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