20 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

20 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Edinburgh
— 1 night
2
Durness
— 2 nights
3
Wick
— 2 nights
4
Dornoch
— 2 nights
5
Arisaig
— 2 nights
6
Glencoe
— 2 nights
7
Penrith
— 2 nights
8
London
— 2 nights
9
Dover
— 2 nights
10
Bath
— 1 night

1
night
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, thenexplore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dalhousie Castle Falconry. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Old Saint Paul's Church, and finally wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online tour itinerary maker.

Philadelphia, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Edinburgh. In September, Edinburgh is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Dalhousie Castle Falconry
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Dalhousie Castle Falconry ©
Dalhousie Castle Falconry
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 5th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, stroll through Sango Bay, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, thenexplore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Wrath, kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach, thenstroll through Polin Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Oldshoremore Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Durness tour builder site.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Durness can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Wick.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

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Wick

Wick ©
Stretching along both sides of the bay and divided by the eponymous river, Wick remains a good base for exploring the rugged northern coast of the Scottish mainland.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Grey Cairns of Camster, explore the ancient world of Hill O' Many Stanes, thenstep into the grandiose world of Old Wick Castle, thenexplore the historical opulence of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunnet Bay, get advice or help at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, pause for some serene contemplation at Canisbay Parish Church, visit a coastal fixture at Dunnet Head Lighthouse, thensample the fine beverages at Dunnet Bay Distillery, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wick trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durness to Wick takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Wick can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dornoch.

Things to do in Wick

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dunnet, Dunnet Bay, Grey Cairns of Camster, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust

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Dornoch

Dornoch ©
Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 9th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, examine the collection at Tarbat Discovery Centre, pause for some photo ops at Mermaid of the North, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Nigg Old Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at East Church. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach, explore the historical opulence of Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, thenkick back and relax at Embo Beach, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Dornoch Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dornoch Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dornoch road trip website.

Drive from Wick to Dornoch in 1.5 hours. In September in Dornoch, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arisaig.

Things to do in Dornoch

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portmahomack, Embo Beach, Mermaid of the North, East Church, Nigg Old Church
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Brora Beach ©
Brora Beach

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Arisaig

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Loch Morar, delve into the distant past at Castle Tioram, examine the collection at Land Sea and Islands Centre, cruise along Morar Beach, thenstroll through Camusdarach Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Maelrubha's Chapel. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Glenfinnan Church, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Samalaman Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands).

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Arisaig journey builder.

Traveling by car from Dornoch to Arisaig takes 3.5 hours. September in Arisaig sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Glencoe.

Things to do in Arisaig

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mallaig, Glenfinnan, Castle Tioram, Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands), Samalaman Beach
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Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) ©
Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands)
Samalaman Beach ©
Samalaman Beach

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Glencoe

Glencoe ©
Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. On the 13th (Sun), trek along Lost Valley Trail, thenhike along West Highland Way, thenidentify plant and animal life at Glen Etive, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Buachaille Etive Mor. Keep things going the next day: hike along Glencoe Lochan, admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Inchree Waterfalls.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Glencoe vacation maker website.

Drive from Arisaig to Glencoe in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Glencoe can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Penrith.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Onich, West Highland Way, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
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Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan

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Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): hike along Hallin Fell, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn, explore the historical opulence of Castle Crag, thentake some stellar pictures from Alpacaly Ever After, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Lawrences Church, explore the historical opulence of Brough Castle, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Predator Experience, thendon't miss a visit to Townend, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesus Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Penrith travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Penrith takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Penrith

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Troutbeck, Borrowdale, Helvellyn, Predator Experience, Alpacaly Ever After
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Predator Experience ©
Predator Experience
Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After
Helvellyn
Helvellyn

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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 17th (Thu), stroll the grounds of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, thensee the interesting displays at Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones Exhibition, and finally take a stroll through Piccadilly Circus. Keep things going the next day: walk around Primrose Hill, examine the collection at Fenton House, thentake a stroll through Soho, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, and finally don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the London trip planner.

Traveling by train from Penrith to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Penrith in September: highs in London hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Dover.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

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Dover

Dover ©
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. The White Cliffs of Dover has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), kick back and relax at St Margaret-at-Cliffe, take in the dramatic natural features at The White Cliffs of Dover, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, thencontemplate the long history of Roman Painted House, and finally make a trip to Dover Castle. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Leonards Church, identify plant and animal life at The Big Cat Sanctuary, thenbrush up on your military savvy at PWRR & Queen's Regimental Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Secret Wartime Tunnels, and finally step into the grandiose world of Walmer Castle and Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dover online travel planner.

You can take a train from London to Dover in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Dover

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St Leonards Church, The Big Cat Sanctuary, Walmer Castle and Gardens
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The Big Cat Sanctuary ©
The Big Cat Sanctuary
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Secret Wartime Tunnels ©
Secret Wartime Tunnels

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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 21st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, get engrossed in the history at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenget engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bath day trip planning app.

Getting from Dover to Bath by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath

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