16 days in Scotland, Cornwall & London Itinerary

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Edinburgh — 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Visiting Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

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

Vancouver, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vancouver to Edinburgh. Traveling from Vancouver in July, things will get little chillier in Edinburgh: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Aviemore.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Aviemore — 1 night

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll around RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Loch an Eilein, and then head outdoors with Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aviemore vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Aviemore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Arisaig.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Arisaig — 1 night

Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Camusdarach Beach, get a dose of the wild on Minch Adventures, and then explore the ancient world of Castle Tioram.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Arisaig trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Aviemore to Arisaig in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Aviemore in July, plan for slightly colder days in Arisaig, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glencoe.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Glencoe — 2 nights

Glencoe or Glencoe Village is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. On the 16th (Sun), hike along Lost Valley Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glencoe National Nature Reserve, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Glencoe Lochan, then take in the awesome beauty at The Three Sisters, then look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Etive, and finally take an exotic tour of Glen Coe Photography Safari.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Glencoe online vacation builder.

You can drive from Arisaig to Glencoe in 1.5 hours. July in Glencoe sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glasgow.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the striking features of The Tenement House, then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Conic Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, surround yourself with nature on The Alpaca Trekking Centre, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Loup of Fintry.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Glasgow day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Glencoe to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Newquay.
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Newquay — 2 nights

Surf Capital of the UK

Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Godrevy Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Gwithian Beach, and then kick back and relax at Porthminster Beach. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Rainbow Spirit Crystal Shop, kick back and relax at Trevone Bay Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Screech Owl Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Watergate Bay.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Newquay road trip planning app.

You can fly from Glasgow to Newquay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to London.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The British Museum and National Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. When in London, make a side trip to see Petersham Meadows in Richmond-upon-Thames, approximately Richmond-upon-Thames away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Platinum Training, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the London trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Newquay to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in London, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife
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Scotland travel guide

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.

Cornwall travel guide

Gardens · Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Cornwall, or Kernow as the locals often call it, features the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain. No longer just a series of idyllic beaches and imposing cliffs, this rugged region has recently experienced a cultural and culinary revival that has turned it into one of the most vibrant parts of the country. Considered home of the legendary King Arthur, Cornwall is one of the more distinct parts of the UK, providing a vacation that will immerse you in its diverse Celtic heritage and an enormous wealth of archaeology. During your trip you will experience the many locals, fiercely protective of their Celtic roots, considering themselves more Cornish than British. Regardless of how they see themselves, the world regards the land of the proud Cornish as a captivating blend of ancient and new, where modern attractions stand right alongside historical mines and picturesque market towns.