22 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

22 days in Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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Fort William
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 6 nights
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Dornoch
— 3 nights
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Durness
— 3 nights
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Lochinver
— 2 nights
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Mallaig
— 2 nights

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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. Head to The Granite House and Highland Soapsfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Glenfinnan Viaduct and West Highland Museum. Take a break from Fort William with a short trip to Highland Titles Nature Reserve in Duror, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Neptune's Staircase, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William road trip tool.

Sydney, Canada to Fort William is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Fort William. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
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Historic Site
Glenfinnan Viaduct
4.5
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Historic Site
Glenfinnan Monument
4.1

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Inverness

Inverness ©

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop and Campbell's of Beaulyfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Landmark Forest Adventure Park (in Carrbridge), Fort Augustus Abbey (in Fort Augustus) and Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore). The adventure continues: expand your understanding of the military at Fort George, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, contemplate the long history of Clava Cairns, and explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Inverness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:
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Urquhart Castle
4.2
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Cawdor Castle
4.3

3
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Dornoch

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. Get some cultural insight at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Nigg Old Church. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Dornoch Bookshop and Simply The Best Fair Trade Shop. Take a break from Dornoch with a short trip to East Church in Cromarty, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dornoch Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brora Beach, stop by Orcadian Stone Exhibition and gift shop, and play a few rounds at Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Dornoch travel planner.

Drive from Inverness to Dornoch in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Dornoch can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Dornoch

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Beach
Brora Beach
4.8

3
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Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll get in some beach time at Durness Beach and Rispond Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Kinlochbervie (Oldshoremore Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust (in Thurso). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sango Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durness trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Dornoch to Durness by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:
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Must see
Balnakeil Beach
4.8
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Durness Beach
5.0

2
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Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. On the 7th (Mon), stop by Highland Stoneware, Baddidarroch, enjoy the sand and surf at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Achmelvich Beach. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle and then stop by Perfume Studio.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lochinver day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. In August in Lochinver, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Mallaig.

Things to do in Lochinver

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
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Must see
Achmelvich Beach
4.9

2
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Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. On the 9th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle and then make a trip to Plockton Harbour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Morar Beach, then examine the collection at Land Sea and Islands Centre, and then kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mallaig holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lochinver to Mallaig takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mallaig are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mallaig

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:
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Must see
Camusdarach Beach
4.8
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Scenic Drive
Morar Beach
4.6

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