18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
London
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Cheltenham
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Ben. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament, then steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Tower of London.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our London trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to London, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in London hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Cheltenham.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

3
nights
Cheltenham

Cheltenham ©
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. The Roman Baths and Hailes Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cheltenham: Chavenage House (in Tetbury), Bath Abbey (in Bath) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Hailes Abbey, steep yourself in history at Tewkesbury Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Baptist Chapel, and witness the site of a historic battle at Tewkesbury Battlefield Commemorative Sculptures.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cheltenham trip maker website .

Traveling by car from London to Cheltenham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Cheltenham, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Tewkesbury, Bath, Cotswolds Distillery, Chavenage House, Hailes Church
Highlights from your plan
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Hailes Church ©
Hailes Church
Hailes Abbey ©
Hailes Abbey

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Inverness Castle Viewpoint. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Loch Morlich (in Aviemore), Nairn Dunbar Golf Club (in Nairn) and Royal Dornoch Golf Club (in Dornoch). There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links, steep yourself in history at Fort George, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosemarkie Beach, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Cheltenham to Inverness takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cheltenham in August; daily highs in Inverness reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Black Isle Brewery, Rosemarkie Beach, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Royal Dornoch Golf Club ©
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Castle Stuart Golf Links ©
Castle Stuart Golf Links

2
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 12th (Mon), make a trip to Cairn House Gallery, then stroll through Durness Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Oldshoremore Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Durness trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Durness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Durness are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Durness

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
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Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach

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. Popular historic sites such as Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Monument are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Morar Beach (in Morar), Fort Augustus (in Fort Augustus) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dalwhinnie Distillery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cille Choirill Church, and contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fort William online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Durness to Fort William in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Eilean Donan Castle, Fort Augustus Abbey, Camusdarach Beach, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Stewart Brewing.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh vacation builder tool .

Getting from Fort William to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Nature
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

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