57 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

57 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

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57 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Inverness
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Durness
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Fort William
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Glasgow
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ambleside
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
York
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Warwick
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Gloucester
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Bath
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Cirencester
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
London
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  11​h 30​min
End: Washington DC


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5
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Bring the kids along to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary builder .

Washington DC, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 12-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Edinburgh is 5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get colder in Edinburgh: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

7
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visit Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Dornoch Cathedral for their historical value. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Landmark Forest Adventure Park and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Nairn Beach (in Nairn), Aviemore (River Rafting & Tubing, Rothiemurchus, & more) and Nigg Old Church (in Nigg). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Wildwoodz, steep yourself in history at Culloden Battlefield, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Inverness day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Nairn, Loch Ness, Wildwoodz, Nigg Old Church
Highlights from your plan
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Landmark Forest Adventure Park ©
Landmark Forest Adventure Park

5
nights
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Ardvreck Castle and Dun Dornaigil Broch will appeal to history buffs. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sandwood Bay Beach and Achmelvich Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Durness side-trips: Oldshoremore Beach (in Kinlochbervie), Drumbeg Loop (in Lochinver) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Durness Beach, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, explore the striking landscape at Cape Wrath, and explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our 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 July in Durness, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lochinver, Kinlochbervie, Dun Dornaigil Broch, Ardvreck Castle, Scourie Bay
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle

5
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eilean Donan Castle and Fort Augustus. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Camusdarach Beach and Glen Etive. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Glencoe, look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, and take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis.

For photos and tourist information, read our Fort William trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Durness to Fort William takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 30th (Tue), get curious at Glasgow Science Centre, get your game on at Snow Factor, and then step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle. On your second day here, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Glasgow Tigers Speedway.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Glasgow holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Ambleside.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Stirling Castle, Snow Factor
Highlights from your plan
Glasgow Science Centre ©
Glasgow Science Centre
Snow Factor ©
Snow Factor
Glasgow Tigers Speedway ©
Glasgow Tigers Speedway

5
nights
Ambleside

Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Bring the kids along to Muncaster Castle and South Lakes Safari Zoo. Tarn Hows and Hardknott Roman Fort will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Ambleside: Aira Force (in Penrith), Swinside Stone Circle (in Broughton-in-Furness) and St Catherine's Chruch (in Boot). There's still lots to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesus Church, explore the historical opulence of Wray Castle, and view the masterpieces at Cookhouse Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ambleside online route planner .

Drive from Glasgow to Ambleside in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to York.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Windermere, Keswick, Coniston, Muncaster Castle, Hardknott Roman Fort
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Tarn Hows ©
Tarn Hows
Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a stroll through York Shambles. On your second day here, examine the collection at National Railway Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster, and finally explore the ancient world of York City Walls.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our York trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ambleside to York takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Warwick.

Things to do in York

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
York Maze ©
York Maze
Room Escape Games
York Minster ©
York Minster

2
nights
Warwick

Warwick ©
Warwick is the county town of Warwickshire, England. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiate Church of St Mary's and then take in the pleasant sights at Baddesley Clinton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Warwick Castle and then wander the streets of Hatton Country World.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Warwick vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from York to Warwick takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Warwick sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gloucester.

Things to do in Warwick

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gulliver's Land, Napton Cidery, Kenilworth Castle, Baddesley Clinton
Highlights from your plan
Warwick Castle ©
Warwick Castle
Collegiate Church of St Mary's ©
Collegiate Church of St Mary's
Kenilworth Castle ©
Kenilworth Castle

2
nights
Gloucester

Gloucester ©
Gloucester is a city and district in southwest England, the county city of Gloucestershire. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Gloucester Docks, tour the water at your own pace with Gloucester Narrowboats, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral, then admire the natural beauty at Victoria Pleasure Gardens, and finally explore the ancient world of Tewkesbury Abbey. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cotswold Way, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Painswick, and then look for all kinds of wild species at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

Before you visit Gloucester, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Warwick to Gloucester takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Gloucester are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Gloucester

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tewkesbury, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Cotswold Way, St Marys Painswick
Highlights from your plan
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre ©
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Tewkesbury Abbey ©
Tewkesbury Abbey
Gloucester Docks ©
Gloucester Docks

6
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Stonehenge and Castle Combe Village will appeal to history buffs. Kids will enjoy The Roman Baths and Longleat. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Paultons Park (in Romsey), Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth) and Wells (The Bishop's Palace and Gardens & Wells Cathedral). There's much more to do: choose your vessel at The Lady Lena, examine the collection at Brunel's SS Great Britain, stop by The British Emporium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bath holiday maker .

You can drive from Gloucester to Bath in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cirencester.

Things to do in Bath

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Wells, Brunel's SS Great Britain, St Andrew's Church, Mells, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Hawk Conservancy Trust
Highlights from your plan
Hawk Conservancy Trust ©
Hawk Conservancy Trust
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths

6
nights
Cirencester

Cirencester ©
Cirencester is a market town in east Gloucestershire, England, west northwest of London. Sudeley Castle and Malmesbury Market Cross will appeal to history buffs. Bring the kids along to Head 4 Heights Ltd and Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. Explore Cirencester's surroundings by going to Dragonfly Maze (in Bourton-on-the-Water) and Moreton-in-Marsh (Cotswold Archery & Cotswold Falconry Centre). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with The Cotswold Range, contemplate the long history of Chavenage House, stop by Octavia's Bookshop, and don't miss a visit to The Model Village.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cirencester online tour planner .

Getting from Bath to Cirencester by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Cirencester

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bourton-on-the-Water, Tetbury, Malmesbury, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
Head 4 Heights Waterpark ©
Head 4 Heights Waterpark
Sudeley Castle ©
Sudeley 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.
Family-friendly places like St. Paul's Cathedral and Natural History Museum will thrill your kids. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buckingham Palace and Churchill War Rooms. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, and stroll through Hyde Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London visit planning site .

You can drive from Cirencester to London in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in London are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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