11 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

11 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Shieldaig
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Ullapool
— 1 night
Drive
4
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
5
John O'Groats
— 2 nights
Drive to Aberdeen Dyce Airport, Fly to Valletta

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Inverness — 3 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Popular historic sites such as Urquhart Castle and Nigg Old Church are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Clog and Craft Shop or Whisky Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Iceberg Glass (in Fort Augustus), RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). Next up on the itinerary: witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield and look for gifts at The Carnegie Whisky Cellars.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Inverness trip itinerary builder.

Valletta, Malta to Inverness is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Inverness. Traveling from Valletta in January, things will get little chillier in Inverness: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shieldaig.
Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Shieldaig — 2 nights

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 15th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Glen Torridon and then look for gifts at The Lochcarron Weavers Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Eilean Donan Castle and then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Point Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Shieldaig trip itinerary app.

Getting from Inverness to Shieldaig by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ullapool.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Ullapool — 1 night

Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, join in the after-dark buzz at Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, stop by Made in Ullapool, then stop by The Captain's Cabin, and finally shop like a local with RhueArt.

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You can drive from Shieldaig to Ullapool in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Durness.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Durness — 2 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Oldshoremore Beach, stroll through Scourie Bay, then delve into the distant past at Dun Dornaigil Broch, and finally view the masterpieces at Lotte Glob. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Polin Beach and then explore the historical opulence of Castle Varrich.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Durness online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Durness takes 2 hours. January in Durness sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to John O'Groats.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

John O'Groats — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Grey Cairns of Camster, then don't miss a visit to Whaligoe Steps, and finally get great views at Duncansby Head.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our John O'Groats online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Durness to John O'Groats takes 2.5 hours. In January in John O'Groats, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for home.
Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

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.