18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

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18 days in United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  11​h
1
London
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
York
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Perth
— 1 day
4
Inverness
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Isle of Skye
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Glasgow
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Westminster Abbey, step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and steep yourself in history at Tower of London.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the London trip planner.

Chicago, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to London due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in London reach 62°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to York.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

2
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.
On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to York Shambles, then contemplate the long history of York Minster, and then explore the ancient world of York City Walls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the York day trip planning site .

Take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. June in York sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Perth.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Jorvik Viking Centre
Jorvik Viking Centre
York Minster ©
York Minster
York City Walls ©
York City Walls

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
Perth is a city in central Scotland, located on the banks of the River Tay. To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Perth road trip planner.

Traveling by train from York to Perth takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Inverness.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Historic Sites
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The Black Watch Castle & Museum ©
The Black Watch Castle & Museum

few
hours
Inverness

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness road trip app .

You can drive from Perth to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Tours Parks
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4
nights
Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Talisker Distillery as well as Talisker Beach. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Quiraing (Hill Walk), learn more about the world around you at Staffin Fossil Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at RHA Waterfall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Portree Harbour.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye online road trip planner .

Drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Quiraing (Hill Walk) ©
Quiraing (Hill Walk)
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
Fairy Glen ©
Fairy Glen

2
nights
Glasgow

Glasgow
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glasgow holiday planning site .

Drive from Isle of Skye to Glasgow in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Glasgow sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stirling
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Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Glasgow Cathedral ©
Glasgow Cathedral
National Wallace Monument ©
National Wallace Monument

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury), Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Bamburgh Castle (in Bamburgh). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, have some family-friendly fun at The Realm VR, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pickering's Gin Distillery, and stroll through Holyrood Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Glasgow to Edinburgh in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bamburgh Castle, Rosslyn Chapel, Cragside House and Gardens
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BobCat Alpacas ©
BobCat Alpacas
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Pickering's Gin Distillery ©
Pickering's Gin Distillery

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