12 days in Northern England & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Northern England & Scotland Itinerary

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York
— 2 nights
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Bamburgh
— 1 night
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Fort William
— 2 nights
4
Inverness
— 3 nights
5
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 1 night
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Edinburgh
— 2 nights

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York

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at York Minster, delve into the distant past at Fountains Abbey, and then identify plant and animal life at York Bird of Prey Centre. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The York Dungeon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our York vacation app.

Porto, Portugal to York is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Porto in September, with highs in York at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bamburgh.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, York Bird of Prey Centre, Fountains Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum ©
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum

1
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Bamburgh

Bamburgh ©
Bamburgh is a village and civil parish on the coast of Northumberland, England. On the 25th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Grace Darling Museum, explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bamburgh online trip maker.

You can drive from York to Bamburgh in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Bamburgh are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Bamburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Highlights from your plan
Grace Darling Museum ©
Grace Darling Museum
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

2
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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. On the 26th (Sat), explore the activities along Loch Shiel, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort William day trip site.

Drive from Bamburgh to Fort William in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glen Coe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
West Highland Museum ©
West Highland Museum
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

3
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Inverness

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some cultural insight at Culloden Battlefield and The Old Packhorse Bridge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort George and Cawdor Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie), Highland Folk Museum (in Newtonmore) and Rothiemurchus (in Aviemore). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Inverness holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Aviemore, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Culloden Battlefield, Highland Folk Museum, Cawdor Castle
Highlights from your plan
Fort George
Fort George
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

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Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, then explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar, and finally delve into the distant past at Maeshowe Chambered Cairn.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirkwall trip builder tool.

Getting from Inverness to Kirkwall by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kirkwall are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ring of Brodgar, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Maeshowe Chambered Cairn
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh vacation planning app.

You can fly from Kirkwall to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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