13 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Fort William
— 3 nights
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 5 nights


Fort William — 3 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 some historical perspective at Castle Stalker and Road to the Isles. Step off the beaten path and head to Glencoe Lochan and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Fort William to Oban to see Pulpit Hill about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Andrew's Church, appreciate the history behind Seated Sculpture, hike along Lost Valley Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Inchree Waterfalls.

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Edinburgh to Fort William is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Kyle of Lochalsh — 3 nights

Popular historic sites such as Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks and Strome Castle are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Glen Torridon and Skye Bridge. When in Kyle of Lochalsh, make a side trip to see Reraig Forest in Strathcarron, approximately Strathcarron away.

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Traveling by car from Fort William to Kyle of Lochalsh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Wick.
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Wick — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunnet Bay, and then stroll through Sinclair's Bay.

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Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Wick in 3.5 hours. In April in Wick, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Inverness.
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Inverness — 5 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Duffus Castle Gallery and Castle Stuart Golf Links. Visit Beauly Priory and St Mary's Catholic Church for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Aviemore (Cairngorm Brewery & Aviemore Railway Station) and Lossiemouth East Beach (in Lossiemouth). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Rosemarkie Beach, stroll around Ness Islands, indulge your senses at Highland Malt Whisky Experience, and play a few rounds at Fairways Loch Ness Golf Course.

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Drive from Wick to Inverness in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.
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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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.