22 days in Scotland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + Bus:  8 h
1
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Gairloch
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Ullapool
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Wick
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Dusseldorf

3
nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig), Morar Beach (in Morar) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William sightseeing planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Fort William is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe, Camusdarach Beach, Ice Factor, Morar Beach, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Royal Dornoch Golf Club (in Dornoch) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the striking landscape of Cairngorms National Park, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip planning tool.

Drive from Fort William to Inverness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, Cairngorms National Park, Clava Cairns, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Aigas Field Centre
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:
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Distillery Tours
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

3
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Explore Gairloch's surroundings by going to Kishorn Selfie Box (in Strathcarron), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk (in Drumbuie). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Inverewe Garden, kick back and relax at Mellon Udrigle Beach, head outdoors with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, and learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Project.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gairloch tour planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Gairloch in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Gairloch can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ullapool.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Poolewe, Russian Arctic Convoy Project, Kishorn Selfie Box, Red Point Beach, Eilean Donan Castle
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
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Loch Maree ©
Loch Maree
Inverewe Garden ©
Inverewe Garden
Plockton Harbour ©
Plockton Harbour

3
nights
Ullapool

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Change things up with these side-trips from Ullapool: Lochinver (Clachtoll Broch, Achmelvich Beach, &more) and Loch Assynt (in Lairg). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, explore the activities along The Minch, stop by Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, and hike along Lael Forest Walks.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ullapool trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Ullapool takes 1.5 hours. In June in Ullapool, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lochinver, Loch Assynt
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Drumbeg Loop ©
Drumbeg Loop
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve

3
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (in Handa Island) and Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Oldshoremore Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, and engage your brain at Durness Deep Time.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Durness trip planner.

Drive from Ullapool to Durness in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Wick.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
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Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve ©
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Brora Beach (in Brora), Duncansby Head (in John O'Groats) and River Helmsdale (in Helmsdale). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd, experience rural life at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, and take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wick tour planner.

You can drive from Durness to Wick in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Wick

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Thurso, John O'Groats, Brora Beach, Seadrift Visitor Centre, Grey Cairns of Camster
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Dunnet Head ©
Dunnet Head

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and browse the exhibits of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Wick to Edinburgh takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Wick in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Edinburgh: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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