9 days in Scottish Highlands & Edinburgh Itinerary

9 days in Scottish Highlands & Edinburgh Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aviemore journey planner.

Paris, France to Aviemore is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Aviemore. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Aviemore at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Beauly.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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 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 see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, 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

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Wick

Wick ©
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 find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, 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 Parks Beaches
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe ©
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
Sinclair's Bay ©
Sinclair's Bay

1
night
Kinlochbervie

Kinlochbervie ©
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.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, 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

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 ©
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 other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, 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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and National Museum of Scotland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Yacht Britannia and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To find 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 do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. 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
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National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

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