36 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

36 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lochinver
— 4 nights
2
Durness
— 4 nights
3
John O'Groats
— 1 night
4
Golspie
— 2 nights
5
Inverness
— 12 nights
6
Fort William
— 5 nights
7
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
8
Applecross
— 1 night

4
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Explore Lochinver's surroundings by going to Ullapool (The Bone Caves, Leckmelm Shrubbery & Arboretum, &more) and Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt). There's much more to do: stroll through Achmelvich Beach, don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch, admire the landmark architecture of Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt, and take in the views from Kylesku Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lochinver trip planner.

New Plymouth, New Zealand to Lochinver is an approximately 38-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 12 hours. In April in Lochinver, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ullapool, Assynt, The Jammery Culkein, Kylesku Bridge
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Drumbeg Loop ©
Drumbeg Loop
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Venture out of the city with trips to Kyle Of Tongue (in Tongue), Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Farr Stone (in Bettyhill). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, and take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Durness day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Durness takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to John O'Groats.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Kyle Of Tongue, Farr Stone
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave

1
night
John O'Groats

John O'Groats ©
On the 3rd (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, learn more about the world around you at Seadrift Visitor Centre, thendon't miss a visit to Mary Ann's Cottage, and finally enjoy the sea views from Dunnet Head Lighthouse.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the John O'Groats trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Durness to John O'Groats in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in John O'Groats can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Golspie.

Things to do in John O'Groats

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Dunnet
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Dunnet Head Lighthouse ©
Dunnet Head Lighthouse
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Mary Ann's Cottage ©
Mary Ann's Cottage

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 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Embo Beach, make a trip to Carn Liath Broch, thenadmire the natural beauty at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, and finally hike along Big Burn Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Brora Golf Club, thenlook for gifts at Pandora's Emporium, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Golspie sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from John O'Groats to Golspie takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Golspie

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brora, Embo Beach
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Big Burn Walk ©
Big Burn Walk
Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve ©
Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve

12
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You've now added Ticket To Ride - Bike Hire to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Aviemore (Loch Morlich, Loch an Eilein, &more) and Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge). There's still lots to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, stroll through Loch Ness, and browse the exhibits of Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness travel route planner.

Getting from Golspie to Inverness by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore, Nairn, Kingussie, Dornoch, Drumnadrochit
Find places to stay May 5 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Ticket To Ride - Bike Hire ©
Ticket To Ride - Bike Hire
Distillery Tours
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

5
nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
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. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Fort Augustus (Rare Breeds & Children’s Farm, General Wade’s Military Roads, &more), Tulloch Ringing Centre (in Roybridge) and Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fort William vacation tool.

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Glencoe, Spean Bridge, Glenfinnan, Tulloch Ringing Centre
Find places to stay May 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

3
nights
Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle of Lochalsh ©
Get out of town with these interesting Kyle of Lochalsh side-trips: Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (in Kinlochewe), Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig) and Ratagan to Glenelg (in Ratagan).

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyle of Lochalsh trip planner.

Getting from Fort William to Kyle of Lochalsh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Applecross.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lochcarron, Strathcarron, Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Glen Torridon
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Attadale Gardens ©
Attadale Gardens
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

1
night
Applecross

Applecross ©
The Applecross peninsula is a peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland, on the north west coast of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Kishorn Selfie Box and then don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Applecross online route maker.

Getting from Kyle of Lochalsh to Applecross by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Applecross sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Kishorn Selfie Box ©
Kishorn Selfie Box

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