32 days in Scotland, Northern England & Southern England Itinerary

32 days in Scotland, Northern England & Southern England Itinerary

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32 days in Scotland, Northern England & Southern England Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
1
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Gairloch
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Ambleside
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
York
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
6
London
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Shop till you drop at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Dovecot Studios. Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, and shop like a local with Open Eye Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh online sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Edinburgh is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Edinburgh to be colder, temps between 9°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Head to Seaweed n Stuff and Picaresque Booksfor plenty of shopping. Visit Strathpeffer Pump Room and Old High Church, Inverness for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Tarbat Discovery Centre (in Portmahomack), Embo Beach (in Embo) and Gallery48 (in Cromarty). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Loch Ness Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Kilmorack Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nairn Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dornoch Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inverness itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Inverness

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Beauly, Strathpeffer, Gallery48, Anta Scotland, Tarbat Discovery Centre
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Dornoch Beach ©
Dornoch Beach

4
nights
Gairloch

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Visit Eilean Donan Castle and Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at RhueArt and Ardvreck Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gairloch: Clachtoll Beach Campsite (in Clachtoll), Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach & Polin Beach) and All The Goodness (in Ardelve). There's still lots to do: stroll through Red Point Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob, and enjoy the sand and surf at Scourie Bay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Gairloch trip planner .

You can drive from Inverness to Gairloch in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Ambleside.

Things to do in Gairloch

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Lotte Glob, Red Point Beach, Ardvreck Castle, RhueArt
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

4
nights
Ambleside

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at SpindleCraft and Yew Tree Barn. Visiting Alpacaly Ever After and Predator Experience will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ambleside: Grange-in-Borrowdale (Holy Trinity Church & Castle Crag), Scale Force (in Buttermere) and Melville Tyson Ltd (in Broughton-in-Furness). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Thornthwaite Galleries, shop like a local with Cookhouse Gallery, kick back and relax at Silecroft Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Helm Crag.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ambleside online itinerary builder .

Getting from Gairloch to Ambleside by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to York.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keswick, Grange-in-Borrowdale, Windermere, Grange-over-Sands, Grasmere
Highlights from your plan
Predator Experience ©
Predator Experience
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Loughrigg Fell ©
Loughrigg Fell

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at York Shambles and York Minster. For shopping fun, head to Pyramid Gallery or The Imaginarium. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Stonegate, browse for treasures at Yorkshire Antiques.com, delve into the distant past at York City Walls, and examine the collection at York Castle Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the York online journey planner .

Getting from Ambleside to York by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in York are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in York

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
York Shambles ©
York Shambles
York Minster ©
York Minster
York City Walls ©
York City Walls

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. Shop till you drop at Harrods and Migration Museum at The Workshop. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Covent Garden, admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and shop like a local with Oxford Street.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our London trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from York to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in London can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in London

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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