9 days in Scottish Highlands & Edinburgh Itinerary

9 days in Scottish Highlands & Edinburgh Itinerary

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Fly to Edinburgh, Train to Aviemore
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Aviemore
— 1 night
Drive
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Beauly
— 1 night
Drive
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Wick
— 1 night
Drive
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Kinlochbervie
— 1 night
Drive
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Glencoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Aviemore

— 1 night
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.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Aviemore trip itinerary planning tool.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Aviemore. Prepare for slightly colder 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 drive to Beauly.

Things to do in Aviemore

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Beauly

— 1 night
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 look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, then explore the galleries of Kilmorack Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tollie Red Kites.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Beauly day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Beauly takes an hour. In October in Beauly, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Beauly

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, then take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, and then stroll through Sinclair's Bay.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wick sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Beauly to Wick in 2.5 hours. In October in Wick, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Kinlochbervie.

Things to do in Wick

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Kinlochbervie

— 1 night
Kinlochbervie is a harbour village in the north west of Sutherland, in the Highland region of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stroll through Oldshoremore Beach and then head off the coast to Handa Island Wildlife Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kinlochbervie online journey maker.

You can drive from Wick to Kinlochbervie in 3 hours. In October in Kinlochbervie, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Glencoe.

Things to do in Kinlochbervie

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Glencoe

— 1 night
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. On the 8th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Glencoe online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kinlochbervie to Glencoe in 4.5 hours. In October in Glencoe, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glencoe

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Edinburgh

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Scotland and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planning site.

You can drive from Glencoe to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 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 · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.