17 days in Scotland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland Trip Planner

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Edinburgh
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 1 night
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Thurso
— 2 nights
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Durness
— 4 nights
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Lochinver
— 2 nights
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Gairloch
— 2 nights
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Shieldaig
— 1 day
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Glasgow
— 2 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 1st (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, contemplate the long history of Georgian House, then examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally kick back and relax at Portobello Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Paphos, Cyprus to Edinburgh is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paphos to Edinburgh is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Paphos in March, plan for cooler days in Edinburgh, with highs around 9°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Rosemarkie Beach, then kick back and relax at Nairn Beach, and then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle and then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness route builder website.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Inverness sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 4:

Thurso

— 2 nights
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get great views at Dunnet Head, then take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, and then stroll through Sinclair's Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, then take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Thurso, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Thurso takes 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Beaches · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Durness

— 4 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get a sense of the local culture at Balnakeil Craft Village and Castle Varrich. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oldshoremore Beach and Sandwood Bay Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Sango Bay, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rispond Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Durness route planner.

Drive from Thurso to Durness in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Durness are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:

Lochinver

— 2 nights
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. On the 11th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Assynt, step into the grandiose world of Ardvreck Castle, then make a trip to Kylesku Bridge, and finally stroll through Scourie Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Clachtoll Broch, kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, and then kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Lochinver online attractions planner.

You can drive from Durness to Lochinver in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Gairloch

— 2 nights
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. On the 13th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Maree.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gairloch trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Gairloch takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shieldaig.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Shieldaig

— 1 day
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 14th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon and then make a trip to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shieldaig vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Shieldaig takes an hour. In March, daytime highs in Shieldaig are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Shieldaig

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the history behind National Wallace Monument, then step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, and then admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Glasgow Cathedral and then trek along West Highland Way.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Glasgow trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Shieldaig to Glasgow takes 5 hours. March in Glasgow sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.