17 days in Scotland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland Itinerary

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17 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Gairloch
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lochinver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, parks, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, and wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh vacation builder website .

London to Edinburgh is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

3
nights
Fort William

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. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven) and Falls of Glomach (in Kyle of Lochalsh). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Glencoe Lochan, brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum, take a memorable drive along Ratagan to Glenelg, and contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Fort William online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

North Ballachulish, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Falls of Glomach, Ice Factor, Tulloch Ringing Centre
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Ice Factor ©
Ice Factor
Crombie Clay Shooting ©
Crombie Clay Shooting

2
nights
Gairloch

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 27th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon, take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, then kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, and finally stop by Treasure Chest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Mellon Udrigle Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, then make a trip to Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Beinn Alligin.

Start your trip to Gairloch by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Fort William to Gairloch by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mellon Udrigle Beach, Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition, Red Point Beach, Glen Torridon, Beinn Alligin
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Glen Torridon ©
Glen Torridon
Beinn Alligin ©
Beinn Alligin

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nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lochinver: Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Ullapool (Made in Ullapool & Ullapool Museum). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, admire the landmark architecture of Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt, don't miss a visit to Kylesku Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Maryck Memories of Childhood.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lochinver trip maker tool .

You can drive from Gairloch to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. In December in Lochinver, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ullapool, Kylesku, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt, Stoer Lighthouse
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Stac Pollaidh Mountain ©
Stac Pollaidh Mountain
Stoer Lighthouse ©
Stoer Lighthouse
Kylesku Bridge ©
Kylesku Bridge

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nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 1st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Polin Beach and then get a new perspective on nature at Durness Deep Time. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rispond Beach, then view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob, and finally don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durness travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lochinver to Durness in 1.5 hours. December in Durness sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Rispond Beach ©
Rispond Beach
Cairn House Gallery ©
Cairn House Gallery

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nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Beauly (Aigas Field Centre & Kilmorack Gallery), Cromarty Courthouse (in Cromarty) and Nairn (Dulsie Bridge, Nairn Leisure Centre, & more). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Wildwoodz, sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, get all the information you need at Culloden Battlefield, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Plan trip to Inverness with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Durness to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Inverness, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Fun & Games Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nairn, Beauly, Aviemore, Wildwoodz, Culloden Battlefield
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church

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