17 days in Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands & Glamis Itinerary

17 days in Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands & Glamis Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Edinburgh
— 2 nights
2
Fort William
— 3 nights
3
Newtonmore
— 1 night
4
Nairn
— 1 night
5
Thurso
— 1 night
6
Durness
— 4 nights
7
Edinburgh
— 1 night
8
Glamis
— 3 nights

2
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 1st (Sun), view the masterpieces at Summerhall.

Plan trip to Edinburgh with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. In September in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Roslin
Highlights from your plan
Roslin Glen Country Park ©
Roslin Glen Country Park
Rosslyn Castle ©
Rosslyn Castle

3
nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
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. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Old Inverlochy Castle for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Glenfinnan Viaduct and Fort Augustus Abbey. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at MacIntosh Parish Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Road to the Isles.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fort William day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Newtonmore.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Lost Valley Trail, Fort Augustus Abbey, Eilean Donan Castle
Highlights from your plan
Neptune's Staircase ©
Neptune's Staircase
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct

1
night
Newtonmore

Newtonmore ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Ardverikie Estate, see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, then delve into the distant past at Ruthven Barracks, then stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Newtonmore day trip planning website.

You can drive from Fort William to Newtonmore in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Newtonmore can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Nairn.

Things to do in Newtonmore

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Ruthven Barracks ©
Ruthven Barracks

1
night
Nairn

Nairn ©
Nairn is a town and former burgh in the Highland council area of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Nairn Museum, kick back and relax at Nairn Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, then explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and finally take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nairn tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Newtonmore to Nairn in 1.5 hours. In September in Nairn, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Nairn

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns
Highlights from your plan
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

1
night
Thurso

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, enjoy the sea views from Dunnet Head Lighthouse, take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, then examine the collection at Castlehill Heritage Centre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thurso trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Nairn to Thurso by car takes about 3 hours. In September in Thurso, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Wick Heritage Museum, Dunnet Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust
Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Dunnet Head ©
Dunnet Head

4
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Appreciate the collections at Balnakeil Craft Village and Lotte Glob. Discover out-of-the-way places like Smoo Cave and Sandwood Bay Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Scourie Bay (in Scourie), Ardvreck Castle (in Assynt) and Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach, explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath, and look for all kinds of wild species at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Durness road trip site.

Drive from Thurso to Durness in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Durness are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Scourie Bay, Ardvreck Castle, Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, Achmelvich Beach, Sandwood Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
On the 13th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Craigmillar Castle, examine the collection at Heart Of Midlothian Football Club, then view the masterpieces at Jupiter Artland, and finally examine the collection at The War Poets.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh online road trip planner.

Getting from Durness to Edinburgh by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glamis.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Crichton Castle, Winton Castle
Highlights from your plan
Craigmillar Castle ©
Craigmillar Castle
Gilmerton Cove ©
Gilmerton Cove
Jupiter Artland ©
Jupiter Artland

3
nights
Glamis

Glamis ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes Glamis Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Meigle Sculptured Stones Museum, step into the grandiose world of Glamis Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Angus Folk Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glamis travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glamis takes 2 hours. In September in Glamis, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Glamis

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Meigle, Tank Driving Scotland
Highlights from your plan
Glamis Castle ©
Glamis Castle
Meigle Sculptured Stones Museum ©
Meigle Sculptured Stones Museum
Angus Folk Museum ©
Angus Folk Museum

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