8 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

8 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands route planner

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Inverness
— 1 night
Drive
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Dornoch
— 1 night
Drive
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Wick
— 1 day
Drive
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Tongue
— 1 night
Drive
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Lochinver
— 1 night
Drive
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Ullapool
— 1 night
Drive
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Kinlochewe
— 1 night
Drive
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Inverness
— 1 night

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Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): snap pictures at Culloden Viaduct, pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness, admire the natural beauty at Inverness Botanic Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Inverness Cathedral, and finally take in the views from Greig Street Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Inverness online road trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Inverness. In June in Inverness, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks

Dornoch

— 1 night
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 22nd (Mon), stop by Coast Candle Co., stroll through Embo Beach, enjoy the sea views from Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, then get engrossed in the history at Tarbat Discovery Centre, and finally tee off at Tain Golf Club.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dornoch day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Dornoch takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wick.

Things to do in Dornoch

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Wick

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take an unorthodox tour of Hill O' Many Stanes, then get engrossed in the history at Clan Gunn Museum, then get your bearings at Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sinclair's Bay.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Wick route planning website.

Drive from Dornoch to Wick in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tongue.

Things to do in Wick

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tongue

— 1 night
Tongue is a coastal village in northwest Highland, Scotland, in the western part of the former county of Sutherland. To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tongue vacation planner.

You can drive from Wick to Tongue in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Tongue are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Lochinver on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Tongue

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Lochinver

— 1 night
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. On the 24th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Falls of Kirkaig, admire the striking features of Hermit's Castle, and then explore the activities along Achmelvich Bay.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lochinver trip planner.

You can drive from Tongue to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ullapool

— 1 night
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stop by Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, explore the activities along The Minch, and then hike along Lael Forest Walks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ullapool travel planner.

You can drive from Lochinver to Ullapool in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kinlochewe.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Kinlochewe

— 1 night
Kinlochewe is a village in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. On the 26th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon and then don't miss a visit to Coire Mhic Fhearchair.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kinlochewe tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Kinlochewe takes 1.5 hours. In June in Kinlochewe, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Kinlochewe

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, walk around Whin Park, then look for gifts at Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Inverness driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kinlochewe to Inverness in 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.