15 days in Scotland & Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

15 days in Scotland & Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Thurso, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Gairloch, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Mallaig, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Real Mary King's Close and St Giles' Cathedral. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, contemplate the long history of Georgian House, and get great views at Calton Hill.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh travel route builder tool.

San Francisco, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Edinburgh is 8 hours. In August, Edinburgh is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fort George, pick up some local products at Ferintosh Community Market, then delve into the distant past at Corrimony Chambered Cairn, then take in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Strathfarrar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum, and then take a peaceful walk through Farigaig Forest.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary website.

Getting from Edinburgh to Inverness by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Thurso, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
On the 13th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canisbay Parish Church, then explore the historical opulence of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, and finally delve into the distant past at Old St Peter's Church. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Clan Gunn Museum, then make a trip to Grey Cairns of Camster, then get engrossed in the history at Castlehill Heritage Centre, and finally enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Thurso trip planner.

Getting from Inverness to Thurso by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Thurso, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Gairloch, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at Perfume Studio, then take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum, and then stroll through Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Project, take in the exciting artwork at RhueArt, then take in breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, and finally trek along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gairloch travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thurso to Gairloch takes 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gairloch are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mallaig.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Mallaig, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, and then explore the ancient world of Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mallaig vacation planner.

You can drive from Gairloch to Mallaig in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Mallaig

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Dingle, Ireland

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, then view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, then see the interesting displays at The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island, and finally delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory. On your second day here, get outside with Slea Head Drive.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dingle holiday maker app.

Getting from Mallaig to Dingle by car takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.