5 days in Edinburgh & Thurso Itinerary

5 days in Edinburgh & Thurso Itinerary

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Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 30th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh vacation planning site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Edinburgh is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Edinburgh is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town


Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
On the 1st (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mary Ann's Cottage, take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head, then visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse, and finally get engrossed in the history at Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Thurso sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Thurso in 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Thurso are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Mary Ann's Cottage, Holburn Head Lighthouse
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Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Dunnet Head ©
Dunnet Head
Mary Ann's Cottage ©
Mary Ann's Cottage