22 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

22 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands vacation maker

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Golspie
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Durness
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13

Inverness

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig), Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge) and Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the activities along Loch Ness, stop by Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, and explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip app.

Manchester to Inverness is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

Golspie

— 3 nights
Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Go for a jaunt from Golspie to Helmsdale to see River Helmsdale about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach, trek along Big Burn Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Brora.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Golspie visit planning app.

You can drive from Inverness to Golspie in 1.5 hours. In July in Golspie, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Durness

— 4 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: Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach), Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver) and Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, Head underground at Smoo Cave, stroll through Rispond Beach, and make a trip to Cairn House Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness travel planner.

Drive from Golspie to Durness in 2 hours. July in Durness sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Gairloch

— 3 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. Gairloch is known for museums, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Maree, take in nature's colorful creations at Inverewe Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gairloch day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Durness to Gairloch takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Kyle of Lochalsh

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Attadale Gardens and then step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plockton Harbour, then get a new perspective on things with Plockton Seal Trips, and then pause for some photo ops at The Morar Cross.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyle of Lochalsh trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Gairloch to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Fort William

— 4 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. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Tulloch Ringing Centre (in Roybridge). On the 11th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Ben Nevis. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and take in the views from Glenfinnan Viaduct.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fort William online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

Scottish Highlands travel guide

4.4
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.