10 days in Lake District, Edinburgh & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

10 days in Lake District, Edinburgh & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom tour planner
Make it your trip
Drive
1
Grange-over-Sands
— 1 night
Drive
2
Portinscale
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Inverness
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14

Grange-over-Sands — 1 night

Known for its friendly people and balmy climate, Grange-over-Sands serves as a home base for holidaymakers who come to explore the surrounding area.
On the 2nd (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Unsworth’s Yard Brewery, look for gifts at Hales of Cartmel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cartmel Priory, and finally identify plant and animal life at Predator Experience. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Orrest Head, have fun and explore at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally test your team's savvy at Cliffhanger Rooms.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Grange-over-Sands holiday builder.

London to Grange-over-Sands is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Portinscale.
more
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Portinscale — 2 nights

Nestled on the western shore of Derwentwater, Portinscale serves as a perfect base for a walking holiday in the English Lake District.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): relax and float downstream with Keswick Extreme Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Alpacaly Ever After, then stop by Sweet Treats, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Castlerigg Stone Circle, stroll through Helvellyn, then snap pictures at Ashness Bridge, and finally hike along Catbells Lakeland Walk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Portinscale trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Grange-over-Sands to Portinscale by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Portinscale are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips

Edinburgh — 3 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh travel route tool.

You can drive from Portinscale to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Edinburgh when traveling from Portinscale in May, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Inverness.
more
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

Inverness — 3 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: The Old Packhorse Bridge (in Carrbridge), RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig) and Aviemore (Cairngorm Mountain & Quad Bike Treks). The adventure continues: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, stroll through Loch Ness, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, and take in the history at Culloden Battlefield.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Inverness tour itinerary maker app.

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Inverness sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
more
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Lake District travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
A paradise for all lovers of the great outdoors, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lake District is widely regarded as one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the UK. This mountainous region famously served as inspiration for some of the finest works of artists William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Containing the country’s largest national park, the Lake District is England’s top vacation destination for hikers and rock climbers. Nature lovers from around the world linger in this area for days and even weeks, sightseeing in the sweeping landscape of rugged hilltops, glistening lakes, dense forests, and hazy mountaintops. The region abounds in numerous hidden pubs, inns, and hotels, offering not only shelter from the weather, but also first-class dining and drinking options.
more

Scottish Highlands travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.
more