12 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

12 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scottish Highlands itinerary builder

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Fly
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Inverness
— 1 night
Drive
2
Wick
— 1 night
Drive
3
John O'Groats
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tongue
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Stoer
— 1 night
Drive
7
Applecross
— 1 night
Drive
8
Kyle of Lochalsh
— 1 night
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Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness online tour itinerary planner.

Manchester to Inverness is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Inverness are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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 26th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe and then get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wick tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Wick takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Wick can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to John O'Groats.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites · Museums

John O'Groats

— 1 night
On the 27th (Mon), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery and then get great views at Duncansby Head.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your John O'Groats trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

John O'Groats is just a short distance from Wick. September in John O'Groats sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tongue.

Things to do in John O'Groats

Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Tongue

— 3 nights
Tongue is a coastal village in northwest Highland, Scotland, in the western part of the former county of Sutherland. Change things up with these side-trips from Tongue: Strathy Point Lighthouse (in Strathy) and Farr Stone (in Bettyhill). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Strathnaver Museum, kick back and relax at Farr Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Kyle Of Tongue Tongue, and explore the historical opulence of Castle Varrich.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tongue trip planning app.

Traveling by car from John O'Groats to Tongue takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Tongue

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Durness

— 2 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Wrath.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Durness day trip tool.

You can drive from Tongue to Durness in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Durness are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Stoer.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Stoer

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): make a trip to The Old Man of Stoer, then stop by The Jammery Culkein, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clachtoll Beach Campsite.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Stoer trip builder tool.

You can drive from Durness to Stoer in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Stoer can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Applecross.

Things to do in Stoer

Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Applecross

— 1 night
The Applecross peninsula is a peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland, on the north west coast of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Applecross Photographic Gallery and then don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Applecross tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Stoer to Applecross takes 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Applecross are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Applecross

Shopping · Museums

Kyle of Lochalsh

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Plockton Seal Trips and then contemplate the long history of Eilean Donan Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyle of Lochalsh tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Applecross to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Gift & Specialty Shops
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.