31 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

31 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Bus to Walker at Division, Fly to Glasgow, Bus to Fort William
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Fort William
— 5 nights
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
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Gairloch
— 5 nights
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Lochinver
— 4 nights
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Durness
— 4 nights
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Golspie
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 7 nights
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Fort William — 5 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William day trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Fort William is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Detroit to Fort William due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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), Applecross (Applecross Photographic Gallery & Bealach na Ba Viewpoint) and Ratagan Pass Viewpoint (in Ratagan).

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyle of Lochalsh trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fort William to Kyle of Lochalsh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.
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Gairloch — 5 nights

Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gairloch: Beinn Liath Mhor (in Strathcarron), Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail (in Kinlochewe) and Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Gruinard Bay Caravan Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Shieldaig Falconry, and don't miss a visit to Solas Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Gairloch road trip site.

Traveling by car from Kyle of Lochalsh to Gairloch takes 1.5 hours. In July in Gairloch, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lochinver.
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Lochinver — 4 nights

Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Lochinver: Ullapool (Ullapool Golf Club & Inverpolly Nature Reserve) and Assynt (Ardvreck Castle & Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Suilven Sea Charters, admire the sheer force of Falls of Kirkaig, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, and don't miss a visit to Clachtoll Broch.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lochinver tour planning site.

Drive from Gairloch to Lochinver in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durness.
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Durness — 4 nights

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, &more), Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Mudness Ceramics, and tee off at Durness Golf Club.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durness road trip planning site.

Drive from Lochinver to Durness in 1.5 hours. July in Durness sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Golspie.
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Golspie — 2 nights

Golspie is a village in Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, which lies on the North Sea coast in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie . On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to To The Unknown Artist, explore the activities along River Helmsdale, then get engrossed in the history at Ferrycroft Visitor Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Burn Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, then stroll through Brora Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Golspie trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Golspie takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Golspie are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Inverness.
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Inverness — 7 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and Kincraig (Working Sheepdogs & RZSS Highland Wildlife Park). Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Landmark Forest Adventure Park. The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, kick back and relax at Loch Morlich, steep yourself in history at Fort George, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

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Drive from Golspie to Inverness in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.
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