26 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

26 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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26 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  29​h
1
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Penrith
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Gloucester
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
London
— 7 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne

2
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Augustus and Well of the Seven Heads. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: All The Goodness (in Ardelve), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Glen Etive (in Glencoe Village). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Camusdarach Beach, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, cruise along Morar Beach, and appreciate the history behind Commando Monument.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fort William tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Fort William is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Fort William due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Fort Augustus Abbey, Eilean Donan Castle, Commando Monument, Well of the Seven Heads
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition. Get some historical perspective at Fort George and Beauly Priory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Corrimony Chambered Cairn (in Drumnadrochit), Glen Affric National Nature Reserve (in Cannich) and Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten). There's much more to do: take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, and contemplate the long history of Clava Cairns.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness vacation website .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Inverness sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve
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Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

2
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Balnakeil Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Wee Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, kick back and relax at Sango Bay, then look for gifts at Mudness Ceramics, and finally view the masterpieces at Balnakeil Craft Village.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Durness online journey maker .

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. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sandwood Bay Beach
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Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The Real Mary King's Close. Shop till you drop at Jupiter Artland and Castlehill Whisky. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, and stroll through Calton Hill.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner .

Getting from Durness to Edinburgh by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. July in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Penrith.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

3
nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Stott Park Bobbin Mill and Muncaster Castle will appeal to history buffs. Townend and Shap Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Penrith's surroundings by going to Predator Experience (in Ayside), Jesus Church (in Troutbeck) and Orton (Orton Farmers' Market & Kennedys Fine Chocolates). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castle Crag, take some stellar pictures from Orrest Head, and go for a walk through Alpacaly Ever After.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Penrith vacation planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Penrith by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, Penrith is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Penrith

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Orton, Troutbeck, Predator Experience, Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Castle Crag
Highlights from your plan
Predator Experience ©
Predator Experience
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Townend ©
Townend

3
nights
Gloucester

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Get some cultural insight at Berkeley Castle and Chavenage House. Gloucester Cathedral and St Marys Painswick will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gloucester: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (in Slimbridge), The Royal Gardens at Highgrove (in Tetbury) and Malmesbury (Malmesbury Abbey & Malmesbury Market Cross). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Stroud Farmers' Market, head outdoors with Head 4 Heights Ltd, and get to know the fascinating history of Gloucester Docks.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gloucester trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Penrith to Gloucester takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Penrith in July, you will find days in Gloucester are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to London.

Things to do in Gloucester

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Malmesbury, Tetbury, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Head 4 Heights Waterpark, Stroud Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Chavenage House ©
Chavenage House
Malmesbury Abbey ©
Malmesbury Abbey
Berkeley Castle ©
Berkeley Castle

7
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.
Do your shopping at Harrods and Jamon Jamon Paella. Popular historic sites such as Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: St Nicholas Church (in Lower Oddington), Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and Swinbrook (St Mary's Church & St Oswald's Church). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, take in the views from Tower Bridge, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the London trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gloucester to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Burford, St Nicholas Church, The Christmas Shop, Cotswolds Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

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