9 days in Scotland Itinerary

9 days in Scotland Itinerary

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9 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  9​h 30​min
1
Aviemore
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
nights
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 12th (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get in on the family fun at Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Loch Morlich Watersports, then kick back and relax at Loch Morlich, then identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and finally snap pictures at The Old Packhorse Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aviemore trip maker app .

Valletta, Malta to Aviemore is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Aviemore due to the time zone difference. In August, Aviemore is colder than Valletta - with highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Aviemore

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks
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Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Landmark Forest Adventure Park ©
Landmark Forest Adventure Park
Zipline

2
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 14th (Fri), stroll through Sango Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, and then kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Polin Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oldshoremore Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Scourie Bay.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durness trip website .

You can drive from Aviemore to Durness in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Attractions like Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Dynamic Earth make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Durness to Edinburgh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ©
Dynamic Earth ©
Dynamic Earth

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