20 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

20 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United Kingdom trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Fort William
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Ambleside
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Bourton-on-the-Water
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Bath
— 1 night
Train
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London
— 4 nights
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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 nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

Plan my day in Edinburgh using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

New York City, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Edinburgh at 58°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

Inverness

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie) and Aviemore (Speyside Way Long Distance Trail & Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the activities along Loch Ness.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Inverness trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Inverness takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Inverness sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Fort William

— 2 nights
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Tulloch Ringing Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Glenfinnan Viaduct and then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Ambleside

— 2 nights
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. On the 20th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on Lake District Sheepdog Experience, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Orrest Head. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then admire the natural beauty at Rydal Mount & Gardens, and then take in the awesome beauty at Helvellyn.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ambleside trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Ambleside takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Things to do in Ambleside

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Bourton-on-the-Water

— 3 nights
Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bourton-on-the-Water: Chavenage House (in Tetbury), Hidcote Manor Garden (in Chipping Campden) and The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cotswolds Distillery, examine the collection at Corinium Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, and stroll through Birdland.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bourton-on-the-Water online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ambleside to Bourton-on-the-Water takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

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 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Jane Austen Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at West of England Falconry, then get engrossed in the history at Sally Lunn's Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Bath journey builder tool.

Getting from Bourton-on-the-Water to Bath by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

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, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Tower of London.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our London journey planner.

You can take a train from Bath to London in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in London, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.