29 days in Northern England & Scotland Itinerary

29 days in Northern England & Scotland Itinerary

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Liverpool
— 3 nights
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York
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh
— 5 nights
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Peebles
— 4 nights
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Glasgow
— 2 nights
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Fort William
— 4 nights
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Inverness
— 6 nights
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Liverpool

— 3 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Liverpool: Llandudno (Great Orme & Llandudno Pier) and Chester (Chester Zoo & Chester Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels, make a trip to Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, and get thoroughly spooked out with Shiverpool.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Liverpool trip builder site.

Manchester to Liverpool is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Liverpool can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to York.

Things to do in Liverpool

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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York

— 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Durham (Durham Heritage Coast, Escape Rooms Durham, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum, examine the collection at York Castle Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Museum Gardens, and visit York Shambles.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read York trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liverpool to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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Edinburgh

— 5 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, make a trip to The Royal Mile, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from York to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Peebles.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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Peebles

— 4 nights
Peebles is a royal burgh in Tweeddale, within the Scottish Borders region. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Peebles: Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre (in Kielder), Kinsman-Blake Gallery (in Kelso) and Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum (in Jedburgh). The adventure continues: have fun at Don Coyote Outdoor Centre, relax and rejuvenate at Stobo Castle Health Spa, sample the fine beverages at The Borders Distillery, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Tweed Valley Railway Path.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Peebles visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Peebles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Peebles sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Peebles

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

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Glasgow

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then stroll around Kelvingrove Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, then stroll around Pollok Country Park, and finally relax in the rural setting at Blackstone Clydesdales & Dig-a-Day Experience.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glasgow trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Peebles to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Fort William

— 4 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. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Highland Titles Nature Reserve (in Duror), Woodland Pottery & Crafts (in Strontian) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, see Quad Bike Tours, admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall, and don't miss a visit to Ballachulish Slate Quarry.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fort William trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Glasgow to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Inverness

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Venture out of the city with trips to RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and Aviemore (Loch an Eilein, Cairngorm Brewery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Culloden Battlefield, see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), explore the activities along River Ness, and step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Inverness trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Scotland travel guide

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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.

Scottish Borders travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Walking Areas · Gardens
Soaked in a history of often gruesome land disputes, the Scottish Borders once had a reputation for banditry and lawlessness. Today, the region is best known for its stunning landscapes, summer festivals, and friendly locals. Tourists often overlook this area on their way to Edinburgh or farther north. The region features a multitude of historic sites, including old castles and abbeys, many of which were built during the worst years of the territorial wars by kings keen on developing their lands. When you visit, you may notice that most locals speak dialects incomprehensible to non-natives, but you are unlikely to have communication problems, as they also gladly speak in plain English.

Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.