14 days in Edinburgh & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

14 days in Edinburgh & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Edinburgh
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then make a trip to The Royal Mile, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, then make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Edinburgh. In July in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig). And it doesn't end there: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, explore the activities along River Ness, explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip builder site.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Inverness sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Durness

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island), Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie) and Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, and Head underground at Smoo Cave.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Durness trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Durness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Kyle of Lochalsh

— 1 night
On the 16th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on Plockton Seal Trips, then step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle, and then pause for some photo ops at The Morar Cross.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyle of Lochalsh attractions planner.

Getting from Durness to Kyle of Lochalsh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Fort William

— 3 nights
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. When in Fort William, make a side trip to see Tulloch Ringing Centre in Roybridge, approximately Roybridge away. On the 18th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Ben Nevis. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fort William trip maker app.

Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Gift & Specialty Shops
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.