15 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

15 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands trip planner
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Fly
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Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Golspie
— 1 night
Drive
3
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Fort William
— 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Loch Ness (in Fort Augustus) and Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore). The adventure continues: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, sample the tasty concoctions at Black Isle Brewery, indulge your taste buds at Highland Malt Whisky Experience, and contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary maker tool.

London to Inverness is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit cooler in Inverness: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Golspie.
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Golspie — 1 night

Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach, then play a few rounds at Brora Golf Club, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Embo Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Golspie trip builder.

You can drive from Inverness to Golspie in 1.5 hours. September in Golspie sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Wick.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Seadrift Visitor Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, explore the historical opulence of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunnet Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Wick online vacation maker.

You can drive from Golspie to Wick in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Wick can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durness.
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Durness — 2 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, then Head underground at Smoo Cave, then kick back and relax at Durness Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Oldshoremore Beach, and then stroll through Sango Bay.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Durness trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Wick to Durness in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Kyle of Lochalsh — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, admire the natural beauty at Attadale Gardens, and then delve into the distant past at Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plockton Harbour, get a dose of the wild on Calum's Seal Trips, then make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box, and finally deepen your understanding of the past and present with See The Highlands.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyle of Lochalsh road trip planner.

Drive from Durness to Kyle of Lochalsh in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (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. When in Fort William, make a side trip to see Highland Titles Nature Reserve in Duror, approximately Duror away. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and explore the activities along Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William vacation planner.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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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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