13 days in Scotland, Cotswolds & London Itinerary

13 days in Scotland, Cotswolds & London Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom attractions planner

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Edinburgh
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William
— 1 night
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inverness
— 1 night
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Cheltenham
— 3 nights
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London
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh

— 1 night

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get great views at Calton Hill, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then view the masterpieces at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and finally get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online road trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Edinburgh. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 65°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Fort William

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fort William itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Isle of Skye

— 2 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Portree Harbour, get a dose of the wild on Spindrift Boat Cruises, and then explore the activities along The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, then explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Inverness

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Urquhart Castle, then stroll through Cawdor Castle, then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Plan my day in Inverness using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Inverness are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Cheltenham

— 3 nights
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. Get some historical perspective at Blenheim Palace and Bodleian Library. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and British Motor Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cheltenham: Oxford (Pitt Rivers Museum & Oxford University Museum of Natural History), STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway (in Swindon) and The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Avebury Stone Circle, admire the natural beauty at Upton House & Gardens, and explore the historical opulence of Warwick Castle.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cheltenham road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Cheltenham takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Inverness in August since evenings lows in Cheltenham dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to London.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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London

— 3 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.
Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as St. Paul's Cathedral and HMS Belfast are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Wallace Collection, explore the landscape on two wheels at BrakeAway Bike Tours, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read London trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cheltenham to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.

Cotswolds travel guide

4.4
Gardens · Churches · Zoos
Lush rolling hills and picture-perfect villages make Cotswolds one of the most popular leisure spots for locals and passing visitors alike. During the height of the season, the area gets packed with tourists exploring the region’s numerous stately homes, thatched cottages, historic churches, and attractive stone-built villages. The wood trade brought wealth and prosperity to this area centuries ago, and the region still proudly boasts hundreds of notable buildings constructed during the Middle Ages. Within easy striking distance of London and several other urban centers, this wealthy area supports a thriving artisan scene, as well as a strong food culture centered around farmer's markets and numerous organic producers.