15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wick
— 3 nights
Drive
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Plockton
— 1 night
Drive
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Glencoe
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
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Inverness — 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, explore the activities along Loch Ness, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Garten Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Inverness vacation planner.

Cardiff to Inverness is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cardiff in August, plan for little chillier nights in Inverness, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Wick.
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Wick — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wick: Holburn Head Lighthouse (in Scrabster), Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats) and Brora Beach (in Brora). There's lots more to do: step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd, stroll through Dunnet Bay, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wick vacation maker website.

You can drive from Inverness to Wick in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Wick can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plockton.
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Plockton — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): head outdoors with Calum's Seal Trips, then explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Attadale Gardens, and finally make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box.

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Drive from Wick to Plockton in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Plockton are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Glencoe.
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Glencoe — 3 nights

Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. Go for a jaunt from Glencoe to Inveraray to see Argyll Adventure - Inveraray about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Valley Trail, identify plant and animal life at Glencoe Lochan, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Glen Coe Photography Safari.

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You can drive from Plockton to Glencoe in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Glencoe are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

You can drive from Glencoe to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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