15 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

15 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Fly
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Inverness
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wick
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Fort William
— 4 nights
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Inverness

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: The Old Packhorse Bridge (in Carrbridge), Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore) and Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain & Quad Bike Treks Aviemore). There's lots more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle, walk around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and explore the activities along River Ness.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary planner.

London to Inverness is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in October, things will get a bit cooler in Inverness: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Wick.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

2
nights
Wick

Stretching along both sides of the bay and divided by the eponymous river, Wick remains a good base for exploring the rugged northern coast of the Scottish mainland.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Melvich Beach, enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse, and then take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head. On the next day, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Wolfburn, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, then make a trip to Whaligoe Steps, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wick trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Wick in 2.5 hours. In October in Wick, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Wick

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Durness

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, Head underground at Smoo Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Durness Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durness trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Wick to Durness in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Durness are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

2
nights
Kyle of Lochalsh

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, admire the natural beauty at Attadale Gardens, and then delve into the distant past at Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Plockton Seal Trips, take in the pleasant sights at Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Reraig Forest.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyle of Lochalsh travel route builder tool.

Getting from Durness to Kyle of Lochalsh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
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Fort William

Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig), Loch Shiel Cruises (in Glenfinnan) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, don't miss a visit to Neptune's Staircase, take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.