12 days in Scotland & England Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Durham


Edinburgh — 4 nights

Athens of the North

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: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh online travel route planner.

Durham, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Durham to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Durham in May: highs in Edinburgh hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Windermere.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Windermere — 2 nights

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. On the 6th (Sat), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Holehird Gardens, then stroll through Helvellyn, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wordsworth Daffodil Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Windermere, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then see the interesting displays at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and finally get great views at Orrest Head.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Windermere day trip site.

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Windermere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to London.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Side Trips

London — 4 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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, examine the collection at The British Museum, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Windermere to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in London are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bath.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Bath — 1 night

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at The Jane Austen Centre, then get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Bath tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from London to Bath in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites

Scotland travel guide

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.

England travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.