14 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Fly
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Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Fort William
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Dalwhinnie
— 1 night
Drive to Glasgow International Airport, Fly to Manchester

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nairn Beach (in Nairn), Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain, Kilted Fudge Company Ltd, &more) and Grantown Antiques and Collectables (in Grantown-on-Spey). There's much more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, explore the activities along River Ness, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and pause for some serene contemplation at Free North Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Inverness sightseeing planning tool.

Manchester to Inverness is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Kyle of Lochalsh — 3 nights

Explore Kyle of Lochalsh's surroundings by going to Reraig Forest (in Strathcarron), Applecross (Bealach na Ba Viewpoint & Applecross Photographic Gallery) and Gairloch (Kayaking & Canoeing, Beautopia, &more).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyle of Lochalsh travel planner.

Getting from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort William.
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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: Traigh Beach (in Arisaig) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and don't miss a visit to Ballachulish Slate Quarry.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fort William tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dalwhinnie.
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Dalwhinnie — 1 night

Dalwhinnie "Meeting Place" is a small village in the Scottish Highlands.LocationDalwhinnie sits at an altitude of 351 m. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Dalwhinnie Distillery, then take a peaceful walk through Strathmashie Forest, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grampian Mountains.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dalwhinnie online visit planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Dalwhinnie in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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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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