15 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

15 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands travel planner

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Fly to Glasgow, Bus to Fort William
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Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gairloch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 5 nights
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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. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Morar Beach (in Morar) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with Vertical Descents Scotland, explore the activities along Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, appreciate the history behind Peace Memorial, and take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fort William trip maker.

Toronto, Canada to Fort William is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Kyle of Lochalsh

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Attadale Gardens, make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box, then make a trip to Plockton Harbour, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Morar Cross. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Plockton Seal Trips, go for a walk through Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Falls of Glomach.

Start your trip to Kyle of Lochalsh by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Fort William to Kyle of Lochalsh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Gairloch

— 2 nights
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. On the 23rd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Inverewe Garden, then add some adventure to your tour with Ewe Canoe, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mellon Udrigle Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Gairloch Museum, then head outdoors with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Point Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gairloch driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Kyle of Lochalsh to Gairloch takes 1.5 hours. August in Gairloch sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Durness

— 2 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 25th (Tue), make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, then stroll through Durness Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, and finally stroll through Balnakeil Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Rispond Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Durness road trip site.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Durness takes 3 hours. In August in Durness, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Inverness

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly), Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain & Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie). The adventure continues: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, explore the activities along Loch Ness, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, and steep yourself in history at Fort George.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durness to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:

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.