15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Glencoe Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Aviemore
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ullapool
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Gairloch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Drumnadrochit
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Popular historic sites such as Palace of Holyroodhouse and St Giles' Cathedral are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Glasgow to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, contemplate the long history of Advocate's Close, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirk, and get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary maker website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Edinburgh is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Glencoe Village.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

2
nights
Glencoe Village

Glencoe Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Glencoe & Dalness, identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive, then trek along Glencoe Lochan, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lost Valley Trail, stroll through Devil's Staircase, and then identify plant and animal life at Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glencoe Village trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glencoe Village takes 3 hours. In October in Glencoe Village, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aviemore.

Things to do in Glencoe Village

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe, Devil's Staircase, Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve
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Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan

2
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 6th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB - Insh Marshes, hike along Speyside Way Long Distance Trail, then head outdoors with Aviemore Ospreys, then identify plant and animal life at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Boat of Garten Community Garden. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Glenmore Forest Park, identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve.

Discover how to plan a Aviemore trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Glencoe Village to Aviemore takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Abernethy National Nature Reserve, RSPB - Insh Marshes
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RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Abernethy National Nature Reserve ©

2
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 8th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Dun Dornaigil Broch, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, then kick back and relax at Oldshoremore Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics, and finally kick back and relax at Sango Bay. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, then make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Lotte Glob, and finally engage your brain at Durness Deep Time.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Durness trip planning app .

Drive from Aviemore to Durness in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Dun Dornaigil Broch
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Dun Dornaigil Broch ©
Dun Dornaigil Broch
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

2
nights
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Achmelvich Beach, explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lael Forest Walks. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Corrieshalloch Gorge, then identify plant and animal life at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, and then explore the striking landscape at Coire Mhic Fhearchair.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ullapool journey website .

Traveling by car from Durness to Ullapool takes 2 hours. In October in Ullapool, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Achmelvich Beach, Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Ardvreck Castle, Coire Mhic Fhearchair
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Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve ©
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve

2
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): hike along Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glen Torridon, then hike along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail, then head outdoors with Torridon National Trust Estate, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Maree, learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, kick back and relax at Red Point Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gairloch trip planner .

You can drive from Ullapool to Gairloch in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, Glen Torridon, Red Point Beach, Torridon National Trust Estate
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Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©

2
nights
Drumnadrochit

Drumnadrochit ©
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, identify plant and animal life at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, get to know the fascinating history of Glen Strathfarrar, then step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, and finally delve into the distant past at Corrimony Chambered Cairn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh, explore the activities along River Foyers, then cruise along General Wade’s Military Roads, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Drumnadrochit trip planning tool .

You can drive from Gairloch to Drumnadrochit in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Drumnadrochit can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Beauly, Fort Augustus, River Foyers, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Corrimony Chambered Cairn ©
Corrimony Chambered Cairn
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

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