22 days in England, Edinburgh & Isle of Skye Itinerary

22 days in England, Edinburgh & Isle of Skye Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Birmingham
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Birmingham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cheltenham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bath
— 2 nights
Fly
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Edinburgh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Isle of Skye
— 1 night
Bus to Inverness, Fly to Castleton
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Castleton
— 2 nights
Drive
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York
— 1 night
Fly
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Penzance
— 1 night
Fly
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Southend-on-Sea
— 2 nights
Drive
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London
— 4 nights
Fly

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Birmingham — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Trades

Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
On the 29th (Thu), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Black Country Living Museum, then walk around Charlecote Park, and then wander the streets of Hatton Country World.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Birmingham online trip builder.

Perth, Australia to Birmingham is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Perth to Birmingham. Traveling from Perth in December, things will get much colder in Birmingham: highs are around 10°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Cheltenham.
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Cheltenham — 2 nights

Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. On the 1st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Tewkesbury Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Sudeley Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Cotswold Motoring Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Walks With Hawks, then see the interesting displays at Hopewell Colliery, and then explore the galleries of The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cheltenham route planning site.

You can drive from Birmingham to Cheltenham in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cheltenham can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bath.
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Bath — 2 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take an unorthodox tour of Stonehenge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Market Cross, then get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bath trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Cheltenham to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Edinburgh — 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
National Museum of Scotland and Royal Yacht Britannia will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and get great views at Calton Hill.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Bath to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Isle of Skye — 1 night

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Glen Brittle, don't miss a visit to Dun Beag Broch, and then go for a walk through Dunvegan Two Churches Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Isle of Skye trip maker.

Drive from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Castleton.
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Castleton — 2 nights

Castleton is a village in the High Peak district of Derbyshire, England, at the western end of the Hope Valley on the Peakshole Water, a tributary of the River Noe, between the Dark Peak to the north and the White Peak to the south. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Peak Cavern, then get curious at Jodrell Bank, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lyme Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Buxton Markets CIC. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Speedwell Cavern, then hike along Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill, then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir, and finally get a dose of the wild on Peak Mountaineering.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Castleton in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In January in Castleton, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to York.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

York — 1 night

City of Festivals

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the ancient world of York City Walls, get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum, then see the interesting displays at Jorvik Viking Centre, and finally stop by York Shambles.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our York online holiday planner.

You can drive from Castleton to York in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in York sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Penzance.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Penzance — 1 night

Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore St. Michael's Mount, explore the world behind art at Tate St. Ives, then admire the masterpieces at Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, and finally kick back and relax at Carbis Bay Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Penzance trip planning app.

You can fly from York to Penzance in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Penzance when traveling from York in January, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Southend-on-Sea.
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Southend-on-Sea — 2 nights

Southend-on-Sea, commonly referred to as simply Southend, is a town and wider unitary authority area with borough status in southeastern Essex, England. On the 13th (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Southend Planetarium, look for all kinds of wild species at Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, then view the masterpieces at Old Leigh Studios Art Gallery, and finally take a stroll through Old Leigh. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at East Anglian Railway Museum, step into the grandiose world of Colchester Castle Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Colchester Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Southend-on-Sea travel website.

Getting from Penzance to Southend-on-Sea by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Penzance in January since evenings lows in Southend-on-Sea dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to London.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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.
Westminster Abbey and Churchill War Rooms will appeal to history buffs. Natural History Museum and National Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The British Museum, make a trip to Big Ben, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip builder app.

You can drive from Southend-on-Sea to London in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in London are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

England travel guide

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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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