11 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

11 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Shieldaig
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Ullapool
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
John O'Groats
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visiting RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Clog and Craft Shop or The Carnegie Whisky Cellars. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Pandora's Emporium (in Brora), Nigg Old Church (in Nigg) and Iceberg Glass (in Fort Augustus). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, look for gifts at Caledonian Gifts and Souvenirs, and don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Inverness trip builder app.

Valletta, Malta to Inverness is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Valletta to Inverness, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Inverness is little chillier than Valletta - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shieldaig.

Things to do in Inverness

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Pandora's Emporium, Nigg Old Church, Iceberg Glass, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Culloden Battlefield
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

2
nights
Shieldaig

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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon and then look for gifts at The Lochcarron Weavers Shop. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, stop by All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop, and then kick back and relax at Red Point Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Shieldaig vacation planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Shieldaig in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Shieldaig

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop, Eilean Donan Castle, Red Point Beach, The Lochcarron Weavers Shop
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Glen Torridon ©
Glen Torridon
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach

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 (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, stop by Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, then look for gifts at Made in Ullapool, then stop by The Captain's Cabin, and finally take in the exciting artwork at RhueArt.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ullapool vacation planner.

Getting from Shieldaig to Ullapool by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ullapool are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Ullapool

Shopping Nature Parks
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The Captain's Cabin ©
The Captain's Cabin
Stac Pollaidh Mountain ©
Stac Pollaidh Mountain
Made in Ullapool ©
Made in Ullapool

2
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Oldshoremore Beach, stroll through Scourie Bay, then delve into the distant past at Dun Dornaigil Broch, and finally view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Polin Beach and then explore the historical opulence of Castle Varrich.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Durness online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Durness takes 2 hours. January in Durness sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to John O'Groats.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay, Castle Varrich, Dun Dornaigil Broch
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Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Scourie Bay ©
Scourie Bay
Dun Dornaigil Broch ©
Dun Dornaigil Broch

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nights
John O'Groats

John O'Groats ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Grey Cairns of Camster, then don't miss a visit to Whaligoe Steps, and finally get great views at Duncansby Head.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our John O'Groats online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Durness to John O'Groats takes 2.5 hours. In January in John O'Groats, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in John O'Groats

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Holburn Head Lighthouse, Grey Cairns of Camster, Dunnet Bay Distillery, Whaligoe Steps
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Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster

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