16 days in Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Scotland trip planner

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Inverness
— 1 night
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Fortrose
— 1 night
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Wick
— 1 night
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Dunnet
— 1 night
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Durness
— 1 night
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Ullapool
— 2 nights
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Applecross
— 1 night
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 1 night
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Fort William
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh
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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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inverness online vacation planner.

London to Inverness is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In October, Inverness is little chillier than London - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fortrose.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Fortrose

— 1 night
Fortrose is a town and former burgh in the Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fort George, then admire the sheer force of Fairy Glen Falls, and then make a trip to Chanonry Point.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fortrose online day trip planner.

Fortrose is very close to Inverness. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wick.

Things to do in Fortrose

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Old Wick Castle as well as Castle Sinclair Girnigoe. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Whaligoe Steps, then explore the historical opulence of Old Wick Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wick trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Fortrose to Wick takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dunnet.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Dunnet

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Melvich Beach, Castle Varrich and Dunnet Bay. On the 21st (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, visit a coastal fixture at Dunnet Head Lighthouse, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, then get advice or help at Seadrift Visitor Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Dunnet Bay.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Dunnet online holiday maker.

Dunnet is just a stone's throw from Wick. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Dunnet

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Durness

— 1 night
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Your list of things to see and do now includes Smoo Cave, Balnakeil Beach, The Rock Stop, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): Head underground at Smoo Cave.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness vacation planner.

You can drive from Dunnet to Durness in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Durness are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Ullapool

— 2 nights
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. You've now added Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Ardvreck Castle, and then hike along The Bone Caves. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ullapool day trip planner.

Getting from Durness to Ullapool by car takes about 2 hours. October in Ullapool sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Applecross.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 25th (Mon): make a trip to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Applecross travel planner.

Getting from Ullapool to Applecross by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Applecross are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Applecross

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Isle of Skye

— 2 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, The Quiraing, and other attractions you added. On the 26th (Tue), admire the sheer force of The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, then don't miss a visit to Neist Point, and then step into the grandiose world of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye road trip site.

Getting from Applecross to Isle of Skye by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Your day by day itinerary now includes Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition as well as Inverness Castle. On the 28th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle and then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Inverness online travel planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Fort William

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall and then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fort William trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You've now added The Real Mary King's Close to your itinerary. On the 31st (Sun), make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close and then get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to Scott Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To find out how to plan a trip to Edinburgh, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

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.