16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

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16 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lochinver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gairloch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Abu Dhabi

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore Kart Raceway, & more), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Bowhunter Archery (in Nairn). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Wildwoodz, snap pictures at Culloden Viaduct, examine the collection at Highland Aviation Museum, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Inverness vacation planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Inverness is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Inverness, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, with highs in Inverness at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Aviemore, Wildwoodz, Bowhunter Archery, Aigas Field Centre
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain

2
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Polin Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then make a trip to Cairn House Gallery. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rispond Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Durness Deep Time, and then take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Durness trip website .

You can drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Durness sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Rispond Beach ©
Rispond Beach
Cairn House Gallery ©
Cairn House Gallery

2
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scourie Bay, snap pictures at Kylesku Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt, and finally make a trip to Clachtoll Broch. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Captain's Cabin.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lochinver trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Durness to Lochinver by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Lochinver sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ullapool, Kylesku Bridge, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt, Scourie Bay
Highlights from your plan
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Stac Pollaidh Mountain ©
Stac Pollaidh Mountain
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fuar Tholl, and then brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Mellon Udrigle Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Beinn Alligin, and finally stop by Treasure Chest.

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

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Gairloch takes 2.5 hours. In December in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Red Point Beach, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Fuar Tholl, Beinn Alligin, Glen Torridon
Highlights from your plan
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Glen Torridon ©
Glen Torridon
Beinn Alligin ©
Beinn Alligin

2
nights
Fort William

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hike along Glencoe Lochan, then identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and then enjoy some diversion at Ice Factor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Crombie Clay Shooting, then get outside with Nevis Range - Tree Adventure, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, and finally appreciate the views at Glen Coe.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William attractions planner.

You can drive from Gairloch to Fort William in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

North Ballachulish, Glencoe Lochan, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glen Coe, Ice Factor
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan
Ice Factor ©
Ice Factor

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, stroll through Calton Hill, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Room Escape Games
Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill

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