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How to Spend 3 Days in the Scottish Highlands

How to Spend 3 Days in the Scottish Highlands

The ruggedly beautiful Scottish Highlands rank among Europe’s last wild places and the most sparsely populated regions on the planet. Three days gives you plenty of time to soak up its quiet beauty while exploring the wildlife, landscapes, and rich history dating back as far as the Stone Age. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Into the Wild

Kick off your trip with an excursion to one of the best spots in Britain for wildlife watching, the Orkney Islands. Ferries depart from John O’Groats and cross Pentland Firth to the archipelago. Keep an eye out for swooping sea birds along the ragged sandstone cliffs, as well as seals and whales just offshore. Visit prehistoric standing stones and tombs containing 12th-century Viking carvings, and tour the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae. In the evening, unwind at a local pub over a glass of Speyside whiskey, the original Scottish single malt. 

Day 2: Lochs and Legends

Take today to delve into some of the legendary sites and stories of the Scottish Highlands with a day trip to the magical Isle of Skye. Drive along the shores of Loch Ness, the purported home of the elusive Nessie, and stop at 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic images. Upon arrival on the island, take in the stunning scenery and colorful harbor, grab lunch in the main town of Portee, and tour the coastline to see some of Skye’s named natural landmarks, such as the Old Man of Storr, Lealt Falls, and Kilt Rock. Visit with a guide to learn more about the stories and legends behind these names. 

Day 3: Modern Highlands

Take your last day to pursue your own interests in greater depth. Consider a guided tour of the Speyside region from Inverness to sip single malts from several local distilleries, or combine a distillery tour with a visit to Cairngorms National Park.Outlander fans can spend the day visiting filming locations throughout the Highlands, including Fraser Cave, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield, and the ancient Clava Cairns. No matter how you choose to spend your day, end your trip with a bang at a Celtic ceilidh—a traditional party with a Scottish meal followed by singing and dancing to Highlands tunes.

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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

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Check out the Isle of Skye on a day trip from Inverness. With a Scottish local in a kilt as your driver-guide, you’ll discover the history behind the island plus some famous landmarks along the way. Pass Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, then cross Skye Bridge to spend time on the island itself. Visit the town of Portree, travel through the Cuillin mountains, and discover beguiling natural sights such as the Old Man of Storr. Numbers are limited to just eight people for a small-group experience.
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  • 11 hours
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats

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Escape the mainland for a full-day tour of the far-flung Orkney Islands from John O’Groats. Journey by ferry across the Pentland Firth to the wind-swept Orkney archipelago, bursting with postcard-perfect natural vistas and mystical landmarks. With a local guide, cruise along the Churchill Barriers to visit villages steeped in Viking mystery like 5,000-year-old Skara Brae and landmarks like the Lamb Holm Italian Chapel and St. Magnus Cathedral.
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Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

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Travel from Inverness to the Isle of Skye on a 10-hour day trip through the Scottish Highlands. Pass through glens and rugged mountain scenery, with stops at Loch Ness, Broadford and the ruins of Eilean Donan Castle, before reaching the purple heather–swathed hillsides of Skye. Then see the isle of Eilean Ban on the journey back to Inverness.
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Cairngorms National Park and Speyside Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

Cairngorms National Park and Speyside Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Spend the day exploring Scottish scenery and whisky on a full-day tour from Inverness to Cairngorms National Park and the Glenfiddich Distillery. Join an experienced guide for a trip through the park’s scenic highlights, then learn the secrets of Scottish distilling at a family-owned distillery that makes the best-selling single malt whisky on earth. This tour includes round-trip transport from Inverness in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach and is limited to sixteen people for a personal experience.
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  • 9 hours 15 minutes
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Speyside Whisky and Moray Firth Coast Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

Speyside Whisky and Moray Firth Coast Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Spend a day tasting Scottish whisky on tour to Benromach Distillery and Glenfiddich Distillery, plus a sightseeing stop at Balvenie Castle and the historic ruins of Elgin Cathedral. Travel through gorgeous Highland scenery on this full-day whisky tour, which includes round-trip transport from a central location in Inverness, and is limited to six people for personal service.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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