22 days in Scottish Highlands & London Itinerary

22 days in Scottish Highlands & London Itinerary

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Fly to Glasgow, Bus to Fort William
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Buachaille Etive Mor (in Ballachulish), Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lost Valley Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, explore the activities along Loch Linnhe, and identify plant and animal life at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

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Montreal, Canada to Fort William is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Montreal to Fort William due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plockton.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Plockton — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get outside with Calum's Seal Trips, steep yourself in history at Strome Castle, then savor the flavors at See The Highlands, and finally don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, admire the natural beauty at Attadale Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Kishorn Selfie Box, and finally take a peaceful walk through Reraig Forest.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Plockton day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Plockton takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Plockton can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kinlochbervie.
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Kinlochbervie — 2 nights

Kinlochbervie is a harbour village in the north west of Sutherland, in the Highland region of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll through Durness Beach, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, and then learn more about the world around you at Durness Deep Time. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then stroll through Oldshoremore Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kinlochbervie day trip planner.

You can drive from Plockton to Kinlochbervie in 3.5 hours. In October in Kinlochbervie, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Wick.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wick: Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats), Brora Beach (in Brora) and Thurso (Above and Beyond Tours of Caithness & Geise Farm Activities). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunnet Bay, and make a trip to Mary Ann's Cottage.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wick tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kinlochbervie to Wick in 3 hours. October in Wick sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Inverness.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries
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Inverness — 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig), Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore) and Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore). The adventure continues: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, explore the activities along Loch Ness, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Wick to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can fly to London.
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London — 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the striking features of Tower of London, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our London trip planner.

You can fly from Inverness to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Inverness in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in London, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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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.