17 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

17 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

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17 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Edinburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Aviemore
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Durness
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Lochinver
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Arisaig
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Glencoe Village
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Grasmere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Bath
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
London
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, explore the historical opulence of The Great Hall, then explore the historical opulence of Scottish National War Memorial, and finally explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary maker app .

Philadelphia, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Edinburgh is 5 hours. In May, Edinburgh is a bit cooler than Philadelphia - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Dalhousie Castle Falconry
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

1
night
Aviemore

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Loch Morlich, then stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Garten Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aviemore trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Edinburgh to Aviemore by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
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Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich

2
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach, then kick back and relax at Durness Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Polin Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oldshoremore Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Handa Island Wildlife Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness travel planner.

You can drive from Aviemore to Durness in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Durness are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

2
nights
Lochinver

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Culag Woods, explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Assynt, then kick back and relax at Clachtoll Beach Campsite, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Achmelvich Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate, look for all kinds of wild species at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, then hike along Lael Forest Walks, and finally cruise along Drumbeg Loop.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lochinver day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Lochinver are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ullapool, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle

1
night
Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. On the 6th (Sat), hike along Smirisary Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Samalaman Beach, then examine the collection at Land Sea and Islands Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Maelrubha's Chapel.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Arisaig online holiday planner .

You can drive from Lochinver to Arisaig in 4.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Arisaig can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Glencoe Village.

Things to do in Arisaig

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Glenuig
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Samalaman Beach ©
Samalaman Beach
Land Sea and Islands Centre ©
Land Sea and Islands Centre

2
nights
Glencoe Village

Glencoe Village ©
On the 7th (Sun), admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, trek along Glencoe Lochan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Valley Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Glen Etive, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Three Sisters. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Inchree Waterfalls, then explore the activities along Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Glencoe & Dalness.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Glencoe Village attractions planner.

You can drive from Arisaig to Glencoe Village in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Glencoe Village can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grasmere.

Things to do in Glencoe Village

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Glencoe, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Inchree Waterfalls, Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve
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Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan
Lost Valley Trail ©
Lost Valley Trail

2
nights
Grasmere

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. On the 9th (Tue), get great views at Walla Crag, stroll through Alpacaly Ever After, then sample the tasty concoctions at Keswick Brewing Company, then explore the activities along Derwentwater, and finally hike along Helm Crag. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Helvellyn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catbells Lakeland Walk, explore the historical opulence of Castle Crag, then explore the activities along Buttermere Lake, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grasmere trip planner .

You can drive from Glencoe Village to Grasmere in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bath.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Keswick, Borrowdale, Alpacaly Ever After, Helvellyn, Buttermere Lake
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Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Helm Crag ©
Helm Crag

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nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wells Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Manvers Street Baptist Church. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, admire the striking features of Chavenage House, then get outside with The Cotswold Range, then don't miss a visit to Malmesbury Market Cross, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Malmesbury Abbey.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bath online day trip planner .

Drive from Grasmere to Bath in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Malmesbury, Chavenage House, Wells Cathedral, The Cotswold Range, Stonehenge
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The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge

2
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.
On the 13th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, explore the ancient world of The Crown Jewels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, then make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): make a trip to Big Ben, make a trip to Tower Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the London trip builder site .

Take a train from Bath to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in London are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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