9 days in Scotland Itinerary

9 days in Scotland Itinerary

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9 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
1
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Aviemore
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Durness
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ullapool
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Drumnadrochit
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
7
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Glencoe Village
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Edinburgh

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night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Scottish National War Memorial, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and finally wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner .

Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

1
night
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. To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. You will leave for Aviemore on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Fort William

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Aviemore

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aviemore travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Aviemore takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Aviemore

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

1
night
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Balnakeil Craft Village, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, then enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sango Bay.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Durness trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Aviemore to Durness in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay
Mudness Ceramics ©
Mudness Ceramics

1
night
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Corrieshalloch Gorge, then take in the exciting artwork at RhueArt, then identify plant and animal life at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, and finally trek along Ullapool Hill.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ullapool trip website .

You can drive from Durness to Ullapool in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©
Ullapool Hill ©
Ullapool Hill

1
night
Drumnadrochit

Drumnadrochit ©
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church, then explore the ancient world of Corrimony Chambered Cairn, then look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Drumnadrochit trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Drumnadrochit takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Inverness.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, Aigas Field Centre
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Glen Affric National Nature Reserve ©
Corrimony Chambered Cairn ©
Corrimony Chambered Cairn

1
night
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the activities along Loch Ness, explore the activities along River Ness, contemplate the long history of Fort George, then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, and finally explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nairn Beach and then step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness online attractions planner .

Inverness is just a stone's throw from Drumnadrochit. In July, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glencoe Village.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nairn, Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness
Highlights from your plan
Loch Ness ©
Loch Ness
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

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night
Glencoe Village

Glencoe Village ©
To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Glencoe Village route planner.

Getting from Inverness to Glencoe Village by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Glencoe Village are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glencoe Village

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

The Dragons Tooth Golf Course, Glen Coe
Highlights from your plan
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glencoe Folk Museum ©
Glencoe Folk Museum

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