13 days in London & Scotland Itinerary

13 days in London & Scotland Itinerary

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13 days in London & Scotland Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
London
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Isle of Lewis
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
5
Durness
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: New Delhi

2
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, sightseeing, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. James's Park, and explore the galleries of Tower Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the London travel guide.

Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

3
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Old Town. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Royal Mile.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh travel guide.

Take a train from London to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit cooler in Edinburgh: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

2
nights
Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Gearannan Blackhouse Village, make a trip to Blackhouse Complex, Arnol, and then explore the ancient world of Callanish Standing Stones. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by 40 North Foods and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uig Sands.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Lewis travel guide.

Getting from Edinburgh to Isle of Lewis by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
Uig Sands ©
Uig Sands
The Blackhouse ©
The Blackhouse

2
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 10th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Ring of Brodgar, make a trip to Ness of Brodgar, then head outdoors with MV Valkyrie, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve and then steep yourself in history at Barony Mill.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kirkwall travel guide.

Traveling by flight from Isle of Lewis to Kirkwall takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stromness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Marwick Head RSPB Nature Reserve, Barony Mill
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Barony Mill ©
Barony Mill
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm

1
night
Durness

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Balnakeil Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay, and then kick back and relax at Durness Beach.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Durness travel guide.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kirkwall to Durness. In September, daily temperatures in Durness can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sandwood Bay Beach
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay
Balnakeil Beach ©
Balnakeil Beach

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