18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Inverness
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Wick
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
London
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Inverness

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 3rd (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, stop by Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle Viewpoint, then explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle, and finally take in the history at Battlefield Select Tours. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wardlaw Mausoleum, take in nature's colorful creations at Cawdor Castle, see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), then steep yourself in history at Fort George, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Inverness online trip builder .

San Francisco, USA to Inverness is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Inverness. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Inverness to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle
Highlights from your plan
Fort George
Fort George
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

3
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Let the collections at Balnakeil Craft Village and Wee Gallery capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ardvreck Castle and Lotte Glob. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durness: Dun Dornaigil Broch (in Altnaharra), Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver) and Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Durness Beach, make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Durness, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Wick.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Achmelvich Beach, Dun Dornaigil Broch, Ardvreck Castle, Sandwood Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach

2
nights
Wick

Wick ©
On the 8th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at The Castle and Gardens of Mey, and then kick back and relax at Dunnet Bay. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, then get great views at Dunnet Head, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wick trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Durness to Wick in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Wick

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Thurso, Dunnet Bay Distillery, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Duncansby Head, Dunnet Bay
Highlights from your plan
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe ©
Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

3
nights
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. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Treasures of the Earth and Old Inverlochy Castle. Explore Fort William's surroundings by going to Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig) and Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, make a trip to Neptune's Staircase, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fort William trip planner.

Getting from Wick to Fort William by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Camusdarach Beach, Eilean Donan Castle, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glenfinnan Viaduct
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Royal Yacht Britannia will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill for their historical value. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, contemplate the long history of Georgian House, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Edinburgh vacation builder site .

You can drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. September in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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

4
nights
London

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Westminster Abbey and National Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Buckingham Palace and Tower of London are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip planner .

Getting from Edinburgh to London by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in London can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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