6 days in Caithness and Sutherland Itinerary

6 days in Caithness and Sutherland Itinerary

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Durness
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John O'Groats
— 1 night
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Wick
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Dornoch
— 1 night

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Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 16th (Sun), Head underground at Smoo Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Wrath, then kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach.

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Glasgow to Durness is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to John O'Groats.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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Sandwood Bay Beach
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Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

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John O'Groats

John O'Groats ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get great views at Duncansby Head, relax in the rural setting at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, make a trip to Mary Ann's Cottage, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Dunnet Head Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the John O'Groats trip planner.

You can drive from Durness to John O'Groats in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wick.

Things to do in John O'Groats

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

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Dunnet
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Dunnet Bay Distillery ©
Dunnet Bay Distillery
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop ©
Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop

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Wick

Wick ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Whaligoe Steps, take an in-depth tour of Clan Gunn Museum, then step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd, and finally take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe.

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Wick is just a stone's throw from John O'Groats. In August in Wick, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Thurso, Whaligoe Steps, Clan Gunn Museum
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Dunnet Head ©
Dunnet Head
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum

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Dornoch

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, look for gifts at Coast Candle Co., then tee off at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Dornoch trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Wick to Dornoch in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Dornoch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dornoch

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Royal Dornoch Golf Club ©
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Dornoch Cathedral ©
Dornoch Cathedral

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