16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Perth
— 2 nights
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Stonehaven
— 1 night
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Kingussie
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Drumnadrochit
— 2 nights
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Wick
— 2 nights
Drive
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John O'Groats
Drive
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Durness
— 2 nights
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Ullapool
— 1 night
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Stornoway, Lewis and Harris
— 1 night
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Ullapool
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Applecross
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Balmaha
— 2 nights
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Perth

— 2 nights
To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Perth route planner.

Northampton to Perth is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Stonehaven.

Things to do in Perth

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Stonehaven

— 1 night
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On the 5th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Stonehaven War Memorial, step into the grandiose world of Drum Castle, Garden and Estate, then get to know the fascinating history of The Burns Memorial garden, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Stonehaven Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Stonehaven day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Perth to Stonehaven takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kingussie.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kingussie

Kingussie is a small town in the Highland region of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the views from The Old Packhorse Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kingussie trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Stonehaven to Kingussie takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kingussie can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Kingussie

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Drumnadrochit

— 2 nights
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): ponder the design of Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Fountain, stop by Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of St Ninians Church, then step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Nessieland, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Drumnadrochit tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kingussie to Drumnadrochit in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Drumnadrochit can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Wick

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): browse the collection at Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and then take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Wolfburn, and then don't miss a visit to Whaligoe Steps.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wick planning site.

You can drive from Drumnadrochit to Wick in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to John O'Groats.

Things to do in Wick

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

John O'Groats

On the 10th (Fri), sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery and then experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the John O'Groats road trip app.

John O'Groats is just a stone's throw from Wick. September in John O'Groats sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Durness.

Things to do in John O'Groats

Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Durness

— 2 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 10th (Fri), stroll through Balnakeil Beach.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Durness trip itinerary site.

You can drive from John O'Groats to Durness in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Ullapool

— 1 night
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): play a few rounds at Ullapool Golf Club, take an in-depth tour of Ullapool Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lael Forest Walks.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ullapool trip builder website.

You can drive from Durness to Ullapool in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for Stornoway.

Things to do in Ullapool

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Trails

Stornoway, Lewis and Harris

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for gifts at Hebridean Soap Company, then explore the ancient world of Calanais Standing Stones, then see the interesting displays at Story of Harris Tweed at Stornoway Town Hall, and finally explore the historical opulence of Lews Castle.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Stornoway vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Stornoway takes 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Ullapool.

Things to do in Stornoway

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Ullapool

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ullapool holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Stornoway to Ullapool takes 3.5 hours. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Applecross.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Applecross

The Applecross peninsula is a peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland, on the north west coast of Scotland. To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Applecross tour planning app.

You can drive from Ullapool to Applecross in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Applecross are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You will leave for Fort William on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Applecross

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Fort William

— 2 nights
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. On the 14th (Tue), admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip maker website.

Getting from Applecross to Fort William by car takes about 3 hours. You'll set off for Balmaha on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Balmaha

— 2 nights
Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then head outdoors with Conic Hill.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Balmaha journey planner.

Getting from Fort William to Balmaha by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Balmaha are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Balmaha

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Aviemore and the Cairngorms travel guide

4.5
Mountains · Parks · Nature & Parks

Loch Ness Region travel guide

4.2
Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops · Bodies of Water
Few places in the world have inspired more mystery and wonder than Loch Ness. Famed as the home of the legendary Loch Ness monster, the iconic lake sits in the Scottish Highlands, fringed by rolling hills and dense patches of forest. Many people take a trip to Loch Ness for the chance to catch a glimpse of the mythical beast, allegedly seen countless times by those with a keen eye and vivid imagination--you'll find an endless supply of blurry images to "prove" the monster's existence. Even if you don't believe in Nessie, a trip to Loch Ness offers you the perfect chance to soak up some picturesque Scottish scenery, admire the crumbling ruins of the adjacent castle, and open your mind to the possibilities of the supernatural.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park travel guide

4.1
Waterfalls · Bodies of Water · Aquariums