10 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

10 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands travel route planner

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Glencoe
— 1 night
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Fort William
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Lochcarron
— 1 night
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Applecross
— 3 nights
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Shieldaig
— 1 night
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Ullapool
— 2 nights
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Lochinver
— 1 night
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Glencoe

— 1 night
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glencoe trip planner.

York to Glencoe is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, tram, flight, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Glencoe can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Fort William.

Things to do in Glencoe

Wildlife · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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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. On the 25th (Mon), head outdoors with Vertical Fever - Day Adventures.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fort William trip builder.

Fort William is just a short distance from Glencoe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Lochcarron.

Things to do in Fort William

Outdoors
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Lochcarron

— 1 night
Lochcarron is a village, community and civil parish in the Wester Ross area of Highland, Scotland. For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lochcarron trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Fort William to Lochcarron in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Lochcarron are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Applecross.

Things to do in Lochcarron

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Applecross

— 3 nights
The Applecross peninsula is a peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland, on the north west coast of Scotland. When in Applecross, make a side trip to see Plockton Harbour in Plockton, approximately Plockton away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint and take in the pleasant sights at Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Applecross trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lochcarron to Applecross takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Applecross can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll set off for Shieldaig on the 29th (Fri).
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Shieldaig

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Beinn Alligin.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Shieldaig trip planner.

Traveling by car from Applecross to Shieldaig takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Shieldaig

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Ullapool

— 2 nights
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, and then stop by Made in Ullapool. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Corrieshalloch Gorge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rogie Falls, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle Leod.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ullapool trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Shieldaig to Ullapool takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Ullapool, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lochinver

— 1 night
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Oldshoremore Beach, stroll through Culag Woods, and then explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lochinver trip planning site.

Drive from Ullapool to Lochinver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Lochinver can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Historic Sites
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.