17 days in Scotland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland Itinerary

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17 days in Scotland Itinerary

Paphos
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Thurso
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Lochinver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Gairloch
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Shieldaig
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Glasgow
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Paphos

2
days
Edinburgh

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Royal Mile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, then steep yourself in history at Georgian House, then take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Portobello Beach.

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Paphos, Cyprus to Edinburgh is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Paphos to Edinburgh, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paphos in March: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks
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Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile
The Real Mary King's Close

2
days
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 3rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Rosemarkie Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nairn Beach, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle and then explore the activities along River Ness.

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Getting from Edinburgh to Inverness by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Sightseeing Historic Sites

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle, Nairn Beach, Rosemarkie Beach
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Nairn Beach
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield

2
days
Thurso

Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
On the 5th (Sun), get great views at Dunnet Head, get great views at Duncansby Head, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinclair's Bay. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, then examine the collection at Caithness Horizons, and finally enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse.

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Drive from Inverness to Thurso in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Sightseeing Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wick, Duncansby Head, Holburn Head Lighthouse
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Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Wick Heritage Museum

4
days
Durness

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Sandwood Bay Beach and Rispond Beach. Relax by the water at Oldshoremore Beach and Durness Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Castle Varrich in Tongue (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Balnakeil Craft Village, and kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach.

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Getting from Thurso to Durness by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Castle Varrich
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach
Oldshoremore Beach

2
days
Lochinver

Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Assynt, then step into the grandiose world of Ardvreck Castle, then make a trip to Kylesku Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Scourie Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, and then stroll through Achmelvich Beach.

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Drive from Durness to Lochinver in 1.5 hours. March in Lochinver sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Loch Assynt, Kylesku Bridge, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Scourie Bay, Ardvreck Castle
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Achmelvich Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Scourie Bay

1
day
Gairloch

Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then see the interesting displays at Gairloch Heritage Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Maree.

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Traveling by car from Lochinver to Gairloch takes 2.5 hours. In March in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shieldaig.

Things to do in Gairloch

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
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Loch Maree
Gairloch Heritage Museum

1
day
Shieldaig

Shieldaig is a village in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.The village was founded in 1800 with a view to training up seamen for war against Napoleon. On the 14th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon and then make a trip to Bealach na Ba Road.

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Drive from Gairloch to Shieldaig in 1.5 hours. March in Shieldaig sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Shieldaig

Parks Nature Sightseeing

Side Trip

Bealach na Ba Road
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Bealach na Ba Road

2
days
Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The National Wallace Monument, step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, and then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Glasgow Cathedral and then stroll through West Highland Way.

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You can drive from Shieldaig to Glasgow in 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Glasgow are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Historic Sites Sightseeing

Side Trips

Stirling, West Highland Way
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Stirling Castle
Glasgow Cathedral

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