13 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

13 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Fly
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Aviemore
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Inverness
— 1 day
Drive
3
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive
4
John O'Groats
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Thurso
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Durness
— 1 night
Drive
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Ullapool
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Aviemore — 2 nights

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 9th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Boat of Garten Community Garden.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Aviemore road trip planning app.

London to Aviemore is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In September, Aviemore is slightly colder than London - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Inverness.
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Inverness — 1 day

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 11th (Mon), walk around Ness Islands, take an in-depth tour of Highland Archive Centre, take in the history at Battlefield Select Tours, then indulge your senses at Highland Malt Whisky Experience, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Inverness trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Inverness takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Wick.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Wick — 2 nights

Stretching along both sides of the bay and divided by the eponymous river, Wick remains a good base for exploring the rugged northern coast of the Scottish mainland.
On the 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Laidhay Croft Museum, step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sinclair's Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Dunbeath Preservation Trust, take an in-depth tour of Clan Gunn Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wick trip planner.

Getting from Inverness to Wick by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to John O'Groats.
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John O'Groats — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Canisbay Parish Church, don't miss a visit to John O'Groats Signpost, then steep yourself in history at Churchill Barriers, then look for gifts at The Gallery at John O'Groats, and finally take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our John O'Groats online trip builder.

John O'Groats is just a short distance from Wick. September in John O'Groats sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Thurso.
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Thurso — 2 nights

Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunnet Bay, then get engrossed in the history at Castlehill Heritage Centre, and finally delve into the distant past at Old St Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Seadrift Visitor Centre, then visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Melvich Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Thurso online trip maker.

Thurso is just a short distance from John O'Groats. In September, daytime highs in Thurso are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durness.
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Durness — 1 night

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durness road trip app.

You can drive from Thurso to Durness in 2.5 hours. In September in Durness, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Ullapool.
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Ullapool — 1 night

Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get outside with Ullapool Bike Hire, get engrossed in the history at Ullapool Museum, then hike along Lael Forest Walks, and finally identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ullapool trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durness to Ullapool in 2 hours. In September in Ullapool, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort William.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Fort William — 2 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. On the 19th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, then hike along Lost Valley Trail, then explore the activities along Loch Linnhe, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Inchree Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Great Glen Way, take an in-depth tour of Glencoe Folk Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Glencoe National Nature Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Lochan.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Fort William trip maker website.

You can drive from Ullapool to Fort William in 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for home.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.
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