49 days in London, Scotland & Paris Itinerary

49 days in London, Scotland & Paris Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Drive to Glasgow International Airport, Fly to Wick Airport, Drive to Durness
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Durness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dundee, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 9 nights
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London, United Kingdom

— 8 nights

The Square Mile

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 some cultural sightseeing at Hampton Court Palace and Westminster. Let the collections at Wallace Collection and British Library capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from London: The D-Day Story (in Portsmouth), Tangmere Military Aviation Museum (in Tangmere) and Chichester Cathedral (in Chichester). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Cutty Sark, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at The Courtauld Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at The British Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our London online day trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in London. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Stirling Castle and Summerlee - Museum of Scottish Industrial Life. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel and Scottish Football Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glasgow: Stirling (Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling Bridge, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hunterian Museum, examine the collection at Provand's Lordship, admire the masterpieces at St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, and walk around Glasgow Green.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Glasgow road trip site.

You can fly from London to Glasgow in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Glasgow reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Fort William, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
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. Appreciate the collections at Treasures of the Earth and Glencoe Folk Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ben Nevis and Steall Waterfall. Step out of Fort William with an excursion to Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail in Glenfinnan--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Glen Coe, take a memorable drive along Road to the Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Inchree Waterfalls, and make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip planning tool.

You can drive from Glasgow to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Step out of the city life by going to Plockton Seal Trips and Talisker Beach. Eilean Donan Castle and Duntulm Castle will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, snap pictures at Sligachan Old Bridge, stop by Love from Skye, and take in the awesome beauty at Black Cuillin.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye travel route site.

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Durness, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lotte Glob and Mudness Ceramics. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Smoo Cave and Durness Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durness: Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Stack, and stroll through Sango Bay.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durness attractions planning website.

Explore your travel options from Isle of Skye to Durness with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 1 day

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Old High Church, Inverness, awaken your taste buds at Highland Malt Whisky Experience, then stop by Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop, and finally play a few rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Inverness

Golf · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites

Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. On the 24th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Nessieland, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, then stop by Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, and finally identify plant and animal life at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Drumnadrochit day trip website.

Drumnadrochit is very close to Inverness. In August, daytime highs in Drumnadrochit are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trip

Aviemore, United Kingdom

— 1 day
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 25th (Thu), hike along Aviemore Circular, delve into the distant past at Ruthven Barracks, then explore the galleries of Fused and Light, and finally play a few rounds at Kingussie Golf Club.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aviemore online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Drumnadrochit to Aviemore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Aviemore

Outdoors · Golf · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
For shopping fun, head to Kilmorack Gallery or Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre. Get in touch with nature at Aigas Field Centre and Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh. Change things up with these side-trips from Drumnadrochit: Bridge of Oich (in Invergarry), General Wade’s Military Roads (in Fort Augustus) and Tomich (Plodda Falls & Dog Falls). Enjoy Drumnadrochit some more: contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey, look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to Chisholm Graveyard.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Drumnadrochit online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Drumnadrochit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dundee.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dundee, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Dundee, officially the City of Dundee, is the fourth-largest city in Scotland.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church (Town Kirk), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Andrews Cathedral, then examine the collection at British Golf Museum, and finally see the top attractions with Pirate Boats.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dundee online travel planner.

You can drive from Drumnadrochit to Dundee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Drumnadrochit in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Dundee, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dundee

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Surgeons' Hall Museums and The Red Door Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Georgian House are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Dunfermline Abbey and Palace (in Dunfermline). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Dean Village, admire the masterpieces at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, and make a trip to Greyfriars Kirk.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh driving holiday planner.

Getting from Dundee to Edinburgh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dundee in August since evenings lows in Edinburgh dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 9 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee Rodin. Head to Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy), Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Latin Quarter, and see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Paris is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Scotland travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.