15 days in Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Inverness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Golspie
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Thurso
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Balmacara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Kilchoan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

2
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glen Strathfarrar and Fort Augustus Abbey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Nigg Old Church (in Nigg) and Drumnadrochit (Corrimony Chambered Cairn & St Ninians Church). There's much more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, stroll the grounds of Wardlaw Mausoleum, witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours, and explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Inverness trip site .

Edmonton, Canada to Inverness is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Edmonton to Inverness due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in August; daily highs in Inverness reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Golspie.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Fort Augustus Abbey, Nigg Old Church
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:
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Glen Strathfarrar ©
Glen Strathfarrar
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

2
nights
Golspie

Golspie ©
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 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dornoch Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, tee off at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, then admire the natural beauty at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, and finally stroll through Big Burn Walk. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Brora Beach, get engrossed in the history at Historylinks Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Balblair Distillery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kincardine Old Church.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Golspie online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Golspie takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Golspie can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dornoch, Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, Kincardine Old Church, Balblair Distillery, Brora Beach
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Kincardine Old Church ©
Kincardine Old Church
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse ©
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

2
nights
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): make a trip to Grey Cairns of Camster, get great views at Duncansby Head, then get advice or help at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canisbay Parish Church, then enjoy the sea views from Dunnet Head Lighthouse, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Strathy Point Lighthouse.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Thurso trip planning site .

Getting from Golspie to Thurso by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Thurso sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Balmacara.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Wick, Dunnet, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Strathy Point Lighthouse, Canisbay Parish Church
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
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Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Grey Cairns of Camster ©
Grey Cairns of Camster

2
nights
Balmacara

Balmacara ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): go for a walk through Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, then contemplate the long history of Eilean Donan Castle, then contemplate the long history of John O' Groats, and finally delve into the distant past at Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan. Keep things going the next day: hike along Loch Affric Circular Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Attadale Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Strome Castle, then make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box, and finally don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Balmacara trip planner .

You can drive from Thurso to Balmacara in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Balmacara can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kilchoan.

Things to do in Balmacara

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Strathcarron, Eilean Donan Castle, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, Strome Castle, Loch Affric Circular Walk
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
John O' Groats ©
John O' Groats

2
nights
Kilchoan

Kilchoan ©
Kilchoan is a village on the Scottish peninsula of Ardnamurchan, in Lochaber, Highland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Morar Beach, stroll through Camusdarach Beach, then stroll the grounds of Camas nan Geall, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Arisaig Archery, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Tioram, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), and finally get outside with Sanna Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kilchoan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Balmacara to Kilchoan takes 3.5 hours. In August in Kilchoan, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kilchoan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Arisaig, Morar Beach, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), Castle Tioram, Camas nan Geall
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse ©
Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse
Castle Tioram ©
Castle Tioram

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: make a trip to The Royal Mile, stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kilchoan to Edinburgh takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

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