18 days in Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Scotland Itinerary

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18 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Gairloch
— 2 nights
4
Gairloch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  17 h
End: Kelowna

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain, River Rafting & Tubing, &more), Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten) and Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge). And it doesn't end there: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, explore the activities along Loch Ness, walk around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and head outdoors with Bellfield Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip maker.

Kelowna, Canada to Inverness is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Kelowna to Inverness, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Wildwoodz
Highlights from your plan
Landmark Forest Adventure Park ©
Landmark Forest Adventure Park
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, and then Head underground at Smoo Cave. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Handa Island Wildlife Reserve and then kick back and relax at Sango Bay.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Durness online road trip planner .

Drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Durness, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, Sandwood Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay

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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Perfume Studio, then explore the activities along Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, and then play a few rounds at Gairloch Golf Club. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glen Torridon, hike along Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, then admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gairloch vacation site .

Getting from Durness to Gairloch by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Red Point Beach, Glen Torridon, Perfume Studio
Highlights from your plan
Gruinard Bay Caravan Park ©
Gruinard Bay Caravan Park
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©

2
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Shieldaig Falconry, admire the natural beauty at Inverewe Garden, and then identify plant and animal life at Loch Maree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, take in the dramatic scenery at Flowerdale Waterfall, and then take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gairloch trip itinerary app .

Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Inverewe Garden
Highlights from your plan
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree
Flowerdale Waterfall ©
Flowerdale Waterfall
Gairloch Museum ©
Gairloch Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then appreciate the views at Glen Coe, then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Peace Memorial, make a trip to Neptune's Staircase, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fort William vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gairloch to Fort William in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Glen Coe, Glenfinnan Viaduct
Highlights from your plan
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, make a trip to Calton Hill, and pause for some photo ops at Scott Monument.

To find reviews, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill

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