How many days do you need in the Highlands?

How many days do you need in the Highlands? Our tour took in the major highlights of the Isle of Skye and a few other places that we recommend, but there is more to do on the Isle of Skye and if you have time, we’d recommend spending at least 3 days on the island if you can squeeze them into your Scottish Highlands itinerary.

Where is the most beautiful place in the Scottish Highlands? Isle of Skye

The majestic, yet rugged Isle of Skye recently topped the Rough Guides list as the most beautiful place to visit in Scotland, in the (now) most beautiful country.

What is the best time of year to visit the Scottish Highlands? The best time to visit the Scottish Highlands is from June to August. Summer temperatures are best for exploring the Highlands, however, with Scotland’s location so far up north on the globe, don’t expect a traditionally hot summer. During the country’s warmest month (August), highs rarely surpass the 70-degree mark.

How long does it take to tour Scottish Highlands? Planning Your Trip to Scotland

With one week, you can roam much of the highlands, and 10 days would allow you to explore both the Lowlands and Highlands in depth. And two weeks would give time to explore the Isle of Skye or one or two of the other whisky-scented islands.

How many days do you need in the Highlands? – Additional Questions

What is the best month to visit Scotland?

When is the best time to visit Scotland? The best time to visit Scotland is during spring (late March to May) and fall (September to November). Temperatures are warmer by spring, with averages of 43°F to 59°F, although there will still be snow in the mountains of the Highlands and the Cairngorms.

Where can I base myself in Scottish Highlands?

The two main areas that are great for basing yourself in is Fort William and Inverness. From these two, you can take day trips to the locations across the Highlands.

Where should I stay when visiting Scottish Highlands?

11 Best Places to Stay in the Highlands – the perfect base for your Scottish Holiday
  • Nairn, Scotland’s Highland Playground.
  • Kingussie, the traditional capital of Badenoch.
  • Dornoch, the Royal Burgh.
  • Wick, the Viking settlement of the North.
  • Elgin, the capital of Moray Speyside.

Is Inverness worth visiting?

Inverness undoubtedly owes its high visitor number to its strategic position in the northern Highlands and popular nearby destinations such as Loch Ness, the Speyside whisky region or the North Coast 500 road trip, the city itself is a fantastic place to visit too.

How do I tour the Scottish Highlands?

The best way to reach the Scottish Highlands is to fly into either Glasgow (GLA) or Edinburgh (EDI) international airports and then rent a car or take the train or bus to get into the Highlands.

How do you explore the Scottish Highlands?

The best way to reach the Scottish Highlands is to fly into either Glasgow (GLA) or Edinburgh (EDI) international airports and then rent a car or take the train or bus to get into the Highlands.

How long do you need to tour Scotland?

How many days do you need to see the best of Scotland? We recommend you allow 9 – 10 days in Scotland for a satisfying tour of the country’s diverse scenery and history.

How can I see the Scottish highlands without a car?

The fastest way to get around Scotland without a car is certainly by train. Scotland has an excellent rail service which spreads across a large amount of the country and delivers a very quick and direct service – often getting travellers to their destination even faster than by car.

How long does it take to see the Isle of Skye?

A minimum of two days is ideal. On a map, the Isle of Skye may look small, but there is a lot to do here. Even if you only have a day to spare, you still have enough time to see the best of the island. Those with three days or more have enough time to cover the majority of the Isle of Skye.

Can you see the northern lights in Skye?

Isle of Skye

Skye is home to no less than nine Dark Sky Discovery Sites making it one of the best places in Scotland for stargazing, as well as hunting for the northern lights.

Was Game of Thrones filmed on the Isle of Skye?

Isle of Skye

We hear that the producers of the Game of Thrones prequel have been scouting the Isle of Skye as a filming location.

How long is the walk to the fairy pools Skye?


Is the walk to the Fairy Pools difficult?

How difficult is the Fairy Pool walk? The path goes downhill and then up, but it is well maintained and not difficult technically. Just remember that on the way back to the carpark you will have to climb the steep slope (not long though). The main difficulty are the few river crossings on the track.

Can you swim in Fairy Pools?

Can I Go Wild Swimming in the Fairy Pools on Skye? Yes, absolutely! One of Scotland’s most famous wild swimming destinations, the Fairy Pools are a perfect spot for having a plunge.

How far are Fairy Pools from car park?

Visitors can embark on the stunning 2.4km walk from the car park to the Fairy Pools via the gravel path bordered with grass, heather, peat and rocks up towards the largest waterfall, or walk further up the path and explore some of the smaller pools which lie ahead.

Why is it called Fairy Pools?

The legend goes that a local Clan MacLeod chief of old married a fairy princess, giving rise to many fairy place names on the Isle of Skye. It is also said that Fairy Pools attracted selkies.

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