11 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

11 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shieldaig
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ullapool
— 1 night
Drive
4
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
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John O'Groats
— 2 nights
Drive to Aberdeen Dyce Airport, Fly to Valletta

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Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

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: Nigg Old Church (in Nigg), Iceberg Glass (in Fort Augustus) and Pandora's Emporium (in Brora). 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.

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

Valletta, Malta to Inverness is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Shieldaig

— 2 nights
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 traveler tips, where to stay, 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Ullapool

— 1 night
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, where to stay, 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

Nature · Shopping · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Durness

— 2 nights
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 see where to stay, photos, ratings, 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

John O'Groats

— 2 nights
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 maps, reviews, where to stay, 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

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

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.