9 days in Scottish Highlands & Edinburgh Itinerary

9 days in Scottish Highlands & Edinburgh Itinerary

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9 days in Scottish Highlands & Edinburgh Itinerary

Start: Paris
+2
Fly + tram + train:  7​h 45​min
1
Aviemore
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Beauly
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Wick
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kinlochbervie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Glencoe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Paris

1
night
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Boat of Garten Community Garden.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aviemore trip planner.

Paris, France to Aviemore is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Aviemore due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Aviemore hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Beauly.

Things to do in Aviemore

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kingussie
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RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

1
night
Beauly

Beauly ©
Beauly is a town in the Kilmorack Parish of the Scottish County of Inverness, on the River Beauly, 10mi west of Inverness by the Far North railway line. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Beauly Priory, then identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, then view the masterpieces at Kilmorack Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tollie Red Kites.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Beauly travel planner.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Beauly takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Beauly are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Beauly

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tollie Red Kites
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Beauly Priory ©
Beauly Priory
Kilmorack Gallery ©
Kilmorack Gallery

1
night
Wick

Wick ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, then get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sinclair's Bay.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wick visit planner .

You can drive from Beauly to Wick in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Wick are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Kinlochbervie.

Things to do in Wick

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe ©
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

1
night
Kinlochbervie

Kinlochbervie ©
Kinlochbervie is a harbour village in the north west of Sutherland, in the Highland region of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Oldshoremore Beach and then head off the coast to Handa Island Wildlife Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kinlochbervie day trip planner.

You can drive from Wick to Kinlochbervie in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kinlochbervie can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glencoe.

Things to do in Kinlochbervie

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
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Handa Island Wildlife Reserve ©
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach

1
night
Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Glencoe trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kinlochbervie to Glencoe by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glencoe

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Highland Titles Nature Reserve
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Real Mary King's Close, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Edinburgh takes 2.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Childrens Museums
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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