23 days in Orkney Islands, Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Itinerary

23 days in Orkney Islands, Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Itinerary

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Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
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South Ronaldsay
— 2 nights
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Wick
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 5 nights
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Isle of Skye
— 3 nights
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
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Fort William
— 5 nights

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Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): make a trip to Yesnaby Cliffs, delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, and then delve into the distant past at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, gain insight with Orkney Uncovered, then don't miss a visit to Ness of Brodgar, and finally explore the ancient world of Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kirkwall online itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Kirkwall is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Kirkwall is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Ronaldsay.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Orkney Uncovered ©
Orkney Uncovered
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae

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South Ronaldsay

South Ronaldsay ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get outside with Hoxa Head, view the masterpieces at Hoxa Tapestry Gallery, then examine the collection at The Smiddy Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Olav's Wood. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Orcadian Wildlife, see the interesting displays at W Hourston Blacksmiths Museum, and then examine the collection at Banks Chambered Tomb.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the South Ronaldsay visit website.

South Ronaldsay is just a short distance from Kirkwall. In October, daytime highs in South Ronaldsay are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Wick.

Things to do in South Ronaldsay

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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The Smiddy Museum ©
The Smiddy Museum
Olav's Wood ©
Olav's Wood
Hoxa Tapestry Gallery ©
Hoxa Tapestry Gallery

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Wick

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wick: Dunnet Head Lighthouse (in Dunnet), Thurso (Wolfburn & Dunnet Head) and Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at River Helmsdale, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wick route planner.

Traveling by car from South Ronaldsay to Wick takes 2 hours. In October in Wick, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Wick

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Dunnet Bay Distillery ©
Dunnet Bay Distillery
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head

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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: Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain, The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach, &more), RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and The Old Packhorse Bridge (in Carrbridge). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get interesting insight from Tours, sample the fine beverages at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Wick to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. October in Inverness sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Distillery Tours
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

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Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Isle of Skye is known for nature, historic sites, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, see Skye Jeep Tours, and get a new perspective on things with Misty Isle Boat Trips.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye visit planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye ©

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Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle of Lochalsh ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Attadale Gardens, and then gain some tasty knowledge on See The Highlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Plockton Seal Trips, then stop by The Lochcarron Weavers Shop, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Reraig Forest.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyle of Lochalsh trip maker app.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Kyle of Lochalsh in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Attadale Gardens ©
Attadale Gardens
Reraig Forest ©
Reraig Forest

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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Glenfinnan (Loch Shiel Cruises & Glenfinnan Viaduct), Fort Augustus (Iceberg Glass & General Wade’s Military Roads) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel, and see Quad Bike Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort William trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

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