34 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

34 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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34 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Auckland
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  28​h
1
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Durness
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Fort William
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grasmere
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
York
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
St Ives
— 3 nights
8
Bath
— 2 nights
9
London
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Royal Yacht Britannia and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Calton Hill and Bamburgh Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury), Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Lindisfarne Priory (in Holy Island). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Before you visit Edinburgh, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Auckland, New Zealand to Edinburgh is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, you will find days in Edinburgh are slightly colder (10°C), and nights are colder (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cragside House and Gardens, Bamburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Rosslyn Chapel
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel

3
nights
Durness

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Visit Sango Bay and Scourie Bay for some beach relaxation. Visit Ardvreck Castle and Dun Dornaigil Broch for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Kinlochbervie (Polin Beach & Sandwood Bay Beach) and Clachtoll Beach Campsite (in Clachtoll). There's more to do: shop like a local with Lotte Glob and view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Durness holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Durness takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay, Ardvreck Castle, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Dun Dornaigil Broch
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step out of the city life by going to Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and Aigas Field Centre. Visit Urquhart Castle and Culloden Battlefield for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Cairngorm Mountain (in Aviemore) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Castle Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, and browse for treasures at Picaresque Books.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Inverness road trip planner .

Getting from Durness to Inverness by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Inverness are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Aviemore, Picaresque Books, Culloden Battlefield, Aigas Field Centre
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
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Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

3
nights
Fort William

Fort William ©
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eilean Donan Castle and Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan. You'll get in some beach time at Camas an Lighe (Singing Sands) and Morar Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan), Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror) and General Wade’s Military Roads (in Fort Augustus). There's lots more to do: hike along Glencoe Lochan, contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, delve into the distant past at Castle Tioram, and savor a hot drink at All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William visit planner .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grasmere.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, Eilean Donan Castle, Morar Beach, All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve

3
nights
Grasmere

Grasmere ©
Grasmere is a village and tourist destination in the centre of the English Lake District. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle and Castle Crag for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catbells Lakeland Walk and The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Trinity Church (in Grange-in-Borrowdale) and Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, take some stellar pictures from Walla Crag, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn, and take in the exciting artwork at Heaton Cooper Studio.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grasmere day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Grasmere takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to York.

Things to do in Grasmere

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Keswick, Grange-in-Borrowdale, Helvellyn, Alpacaly Ever After
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
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Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk
Castlerigg Stone Circle ©
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater

3
nights
York

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beamish Museum and Durham Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like York City Walls and 199 Steps. When in York, make a side trip to see Whitby Abbey in Whitby, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at York Castle Museum, wander the streets of York Shambles, and stop by Pandora's Box Antiques and Oddities.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the York day trip planner .

You can drive from Grasmere to York in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in York are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to St Ives.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Whitby, Durham Cathedral, Beamish Museum
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
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Whitby Abbey ©
Whitby Abbey
Beamish Museum ©
Beamish Museum
Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral

3
nights
St Ives

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Popular historic sites such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Tintagel Castle are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fistral Beach Bar and St. Michael's Mount. Go for a jaunt from St Ives to Perranporth to see Perranporth Beach about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll through Carbis Bay Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our St Ives tour itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from York to St Ives in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in St Ives when traveling from York in November, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bath.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tintagel Castle, St. Michael's Mount, Fistral Beach Bar, Perranporth Beach
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan ©
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Carbis Bay Beach ©
Carbis Bay Beach

2
nights
Bath

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
On the 1st (Sun), take an in-depth tour of The Roman Baths, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Pulteney Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey, and finally examine the collection at Brunel's SS Great Britain. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, then delve into the distant past at Stonehenge, and then admire the natural beauty at Longleat.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bath road trip website .

Traveling by car from St Ives to Bath takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Brunel's SS Great Britain, Stonehenge, Castle Combe Village, Longleat
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village
Brunel's SS Great Britain ©
Brunel's SS Great Britain

7
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. Shop till you drop at The Lanes and North Laine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury), Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth) and Portsmouth (The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, & more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, see the interesting displays at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, take in nature's colorful creations at Blenheim Palace, and admire the striking features of Royal Pavilion.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the London trip builder website .

Take a train from Bath to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove, Portsmouth, Dover Castle, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 9:
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Blenheim Palace ©
Blenheim Palace
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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