19 days in England & Scotland Itinerary

19 days in England & Scotland Itinerary

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Oxford
— 9 nights
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Grasmere
— 3 nights
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Inverness
— 3 nights
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Stromness, Mainland
— 1 day
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
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Oxford — 9 nights

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Holy Trinity Church and Lord Leycester Hospital. Charlecote Park and University Church of St Mary the Virgin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Oxford side-trips: British Motor Museum (in Gaydon), Warwick (Warwick Castle & Collegiate Church of St Mary's) and Hatton Locks (in Hatton). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Winchester City Mill, steep yourself in history at Basildon Park, learn more about the world around you at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and look for all kinds of wild species at UK Wolf Conservation Trust.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oxford day trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Oxford is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in July: high temperatures in Oxford hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grasmere.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Grasmere — 3 nights

Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Helvellyn and Wrynose Pass. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Sunday Crag and Blea Tarn. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cathedral Quarry (Cathedral Cave), admire the natural beauty at Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Heaton Cooper Studio, and trek along Helm Crag.

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You can drive from Oxford to Grasmere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Inverness.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Inverness — 3 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Inverness Cathedral and Scottish Flair Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the dramatic scenery at Fairy Glen Falls, play a few rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links, and get outside with Northern Meeting Park.

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You can drive from Grasmere to Inverness in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly to Stromness.
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Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Stromness, Mainland — 1 day

Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, steep yourself in history at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and then steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Stromness road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Stromness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh — 3 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Grassmarket. Visit Dean Village and Greyfriars Kirkyard for their historical value. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Georgian House, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holyrood Abbey.

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You can fly from Stromness to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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England travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.
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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.
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