9 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

9 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands route planner

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Fly to Aberdeen Dyce Airport, Drive to Grantown-on-Spey
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Grantown-on-Spey
— 1 night
Drive
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Drumnadrochit
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dornoch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Applecross
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenfinnan
— 1 night
Drive to Glasgow International Airport, Fly to Seattle

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Grantown-on-Spey

— 1 night
Grantown-on-Spey is a town in the Highland Council Area, historically within the county of Moray. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Morlich and then explore the ancient world of Ruthven Barracks. Here are some ideas for day two: browse for treasures at Grantown Antiques and Collectables, then look for gifts at The Bookmark Bookshop, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cairngorm Brewery, and finally view the masterpieces at Fused and Light.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grantown-on-Spey road trip app.

Seattle, USA to Grantown-on-Spey is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Grantown-on-Spey is 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Seattle in January; daily highs in Grantown-on-Spey reach 43°F and lows reach 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Grantown-on-Spey

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Drumnadrochit

— 2 nights
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Corrimony Chambered Cairn, then step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, and then stop by Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Village Green, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Iain Marr Antiques, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kilmorack Gallery, and finally sample the fine beverages at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Drumnadrochit trip app.

You can drive from Grantown-on-Spey to Drumnadrochit in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Drumnadrochit can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Dornoch

— 2 nights
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral, and then look for gifts at Jail Dornoch. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Gallery48, browse for treasures at Picaresque Books, and then pick up some local products at Ferintosh Community Market.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dornoch online route planner.

You can drive from Drumnadrochit to Dornoch in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Dornoch are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Applecross.

Things to do in Dornoch

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Applecross

— 1 night
The Applecross peninsula is a peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland, on the north west coast of Scotland. On the 8th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kishorn Selfie Box, make a trip to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, and then view the masterpieces at Applecross Photographic Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Applecross journey builder tool.

Drive from Dornoch to Applecross in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Applecross are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenfinnan.

Things to do in Applecross

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Glenfinnan

— 1 night
Glenfinnan is a hamlet in Lochaber area of the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenfinnan trip website.

Getting from Applecross to Glenfinnan by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glenfinnan

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

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.