41 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

41 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Fly to Aberdeen Dyce Airport, Drive to Inverness
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Inverness
— 12 nights
Drive
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Thurso
— 5 nights
Drive
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Durness
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gairloch
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort William
— 7 nights
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Inverness — 12 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge), Aviemore (Off-Road Tours, Loch Morlich, &more) and Kincraig (Working Sheepdogs & RZSS Highland Wildlife Park). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, and step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Inverness trip maker app.

Manila, Philippines to Inverness is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Manila in October, with highs in Inverness at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Thurso.
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Thurso — 5 nights

Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Get out of town with these interesting Thurso side-trips: Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives (in Wick), Whaligoe Steps (in Whaligoe) and Clan Gunn Museum (in Latheron). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, get great views at Dunnet Head, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at North Point Distillery, and relax in the rural setting at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thurso road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Thurso takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Thurso can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Durness.
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Durness — 5 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 (Polin Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, &more), Assynt (Ardvreck Castle & Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Mausoleum) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, get a dose of the wild on North Coast Sea Tours, stroll through Rispond Beach, and learn more about the world around you at Durness Deep Time.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Durness trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Thurso to Durness in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Gairloch.
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Gairloch — 7 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Glen Torridon (in Shieldaig), Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail (in Kinlochewe) and Mellon Udrigle Beach (in Laide). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum, learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Beautopia, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gairloch Sitooterie.

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You can drive from Durness to Gairloch in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) 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), Reraig Forest (in Strathcarron) and Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross).

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyle of Lochalsh travel planner.

Drive from Gairloch to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Fort William.
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Fort William — 7 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village) and Buachaille Etive Mor (in Ballachulish). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Glencoe National Nature Reserve. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, make a trip to Neptune's Staircase, snap pictures at Glenfinnan Viaduct, and steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument.

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Getting from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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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