18 days in Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Scotland Itinerary

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18 days in Scotland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mallaig
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Inverness
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh online travel route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Edinburgh, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village), Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven) and Tulloch Ringing Centre (in Roybridge). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, admire the sheer force of Inchree Waterfalls, learn about all things military at The Commando Museum, and admire the verdant scenery at Glencoe.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mallaig.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Glencoe, Spean Bridge, Glencoe Village, Tulloch Ringing Centre, Inchree Waterfalls
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Mallaig

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Explore Mallaig's surroundings by going to Samalaman Beach (in Glenuig), Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) (in Gorteneorn) and All The Goodness (in Ardelve). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, don't miss a visit to Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, and examine the collection at Land Sea and Islands Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mallaig trip planning website .

Getting from Fort William to Mallaig by car takes about 1.5 hours. November in Mallaig sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Wick.

Things to do in Mallaig

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Arisaig, Kyle of Lochalsh, All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop, Bealach na Ba Viewpoint, Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)

2
nights
Wick

Wick ©
On the 22nd (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, get advice or help at The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, then take a tour of Caithness Seacoast, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at The Castle and Gardens of Mey, kick back and relax at Dunnet Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Castlehill Heritage Centre, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wick trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Mallaig to Wick in 5 hours. In November in Wick, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Wick

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thurso, Dunnet Bay, Duncansby Head, Holburn Head Lighthouse
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse

4
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: Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly), Cairngorm Brewery (in Aviemore) and Dornoch (Coast Candle Co. & Royal Dornoch Golf Club). There's lots more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, explore the activities along Loch Ness, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Kirk Yard.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inverness trip planning website .

You can drive from Wick to Inverness in 2.5 hours. November in Inverness sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Dornoch, Culloden Battlefield, Cairngorm Brewery, Wildwoodz, Clava Cairns
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Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Cairngorm Brewery ©
Cairngorm Brewery

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