23 days in Scotland Itinerary

23 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland trip itinerary planner
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Inverness
— 4 nights
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Wick
— 1 night
Drive
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Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive
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Glasgow
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh
— 6 nights
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Inverness — 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly), Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore) and St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit). There's lots more to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, delve into the mystery of Loch Ness, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and play a few rounds at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Inverness travel route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Inverness is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Inverness is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Inverness, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wick.
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Wick — 1 night

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 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, then step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd, then sample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and finally get great views at Duncansby Head.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wick online trip builder.

Drive from Inverness to Wick in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Inverness, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Wick, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durness.
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Durness — 2 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 26th (Thu), stroll through Sandwood Bay Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oldshoremore Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Handa Island Wildlife Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durness online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Wick to Durness takes 2.5 hours. In June in Durness, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Kyle of Lochalsh — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyle of Lochalsh: See The Highlands (in Lochcarron), Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve (in Kinlochewe) and Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross).

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyle of Lochalsh journey planner.

Getting from Durness to Kyle of Lochalsh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort William.
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Fort William — 3 nights

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. When in Fort William, make a side trip to see Highland Titles Nature Reserve in Duror, approximately Duror away. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Cruise Loch Linnhe, take in the views from Glenfinnan Viaduct, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort William trip tool.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.
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Glasgow — 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Glasgow is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Strathblane Falconry.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glasgow road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Glasgow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

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Traveling by car from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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