36 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

36 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Fly to Stornoway Airport, Drive to Lochinver
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Lochinver
— 4 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 4 nights
Drive
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John O'Groats
— 1 night
Drive
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Golspie
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 12 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Applecross
— 1 night
Drive to Stornoway Airport, Fly to New Plymouth Airport

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Lochinver

Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to Ullapool (The Bone Caves, Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum, &more) and Assynt (Ardvreck Castle & Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum). There's much more to do: stroll through Achmelvich Beach, don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch, hike along Culag Woods, and take in the views from Kylesku Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lochinver trip planner.

New Plymouth, New Zealand to Lochinver is an approximately 38-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 12 hours. In April in Lochinver, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

4
nights
Durness

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Venture out of the city with trips to Kyle Of Tongue Tongue (in Tongue), Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Farr Stone (in Bettyhill). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, and learn more about the world around you at Durness Deep Time.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Durness trip app.

Getting from Lochinver to Durness by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to John O'Groats.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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John O'Groats

On the 3rd (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, learn more about the world around you at Seadrift Visitor Centre, then don't miss a visit to Mary Ann's Cottage, and finally enjoy the sea views from Dunnet Head Lighthouse.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the John O'Groats trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Durness to John O'Groats in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in John O'Groats can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Golspie.

Things to do in John O'Groats

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

2
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Golspie

Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Embo Beach, make a trip to Carn Liath Broch, then admire the natural beauty at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, and finally hike along Big Burn Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Brora Golf Club, then look for gifts at Pandora's Emporium, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Golspie sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from John O'Groats to Golspie takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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've now added Ticket To Ride - Bike Hire to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge) and Aviemore (Loch Morlich, Loch an Eilein, &more). There's still lots to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and browse the exhibits of Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness travel route planner.

Getting from Golspie to Inverness by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Tulloch Ringing Centre (in Roybridge) and Fort Augustus (Rare Breeds & Children’s Farm, General Wade’s Military Roads, &more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fort William road trip website.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kyle of Lochalsh

Get out of town with these interesting Kyle of Lochalsh side-trips: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (in Kinlochewe), Ratagan to Glenelg (in Ratagan) and Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyle of Lochalsh using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Kyle of Lochalsh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Applecross.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Applecross

The Applecross peninsula is a peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland, on the north west coast of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box and then don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Applecross online route maker.

Getting from Kyle of Lochalsh to Applecross by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Applecross sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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.