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5 Days in the Northern Highlands

DAY 1 - 40 MILES (64KM)

From Inverness go to Cromarty (court house visitor centre) via Fortrose. Visit Strathpeffer (crafts) then go north to Dornoch (cathedral, crafts).

DAY 2 - 90 MILES (144KM) Visit Dunrobin Castle near Golspie, Timespan Heritage Centre at Helmsdale and continue north to Wick (Heritage Centre) via Clan Gunn Heritage Centre. Continue to Thurso (museum, also fine coastal scenery at Dunnet and Duncansby Head).

DAY 3 - 115 MILES (184KM) Turn west to reach Durness (Smoo Cave) via Strathnavar Museum and Tongue. Cape Wrath excursion option or turn south for Scourie (Handa island bird reserve) to reach Lochinver.

DAY 4 - 68 MILES (109KM) Continue south (Inverpolly Nature Reserve - Knockan) to Ullapool (shopping), then south again via Corrieshalloch Gorge to Inverewe Gardens.

DAY 5 - 110 MILES (176KM) TO INVERNESS Continue south to Gairloch (heritage museum), Kinlochewe (nearby nature reserve), Glen Torridon (nature reserve), Shieldaig and Lochcarron. Either return to Inverness or visit Skye via Kyle of Lochalsh or continue to Kintail and West Highland itineries.

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