7 days in Scotland Itinerary

7 days in Scotland Itinerary

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7 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Inverness
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Durness
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h
End: Seattle

1
day
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Castle Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Fort George, then stroll through Nairn Beach, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness holiday website .

Seattle, USA to Inverness is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Seattle to Inverness, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Seattle in May, with highs in Inverness at 58°F and lows at 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Nairn Beach
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Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Fort George
Fort George

1
night
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Balnakeil Craft Village, take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics, view the masterpieces at Wee Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lotte Glob, and finally kick back and relax at Durness Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Durness itinerary site .

Drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Durness sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Lotte Glob ©
Lotte Glob
Mudness Ceramics ©
Mudness Ceramics

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The Real Mary King's Close are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the exciting artwork at Urbane Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh online travel route planner .

Getting from Durness to Edinburgh by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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