8 days in London, Wales & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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London — 2 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.
Attractions like Buckingham Palace and St. George's Chapel make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Highclere Castle and Jane Austen's House. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Bodiam Castle (in Bodiam), Bateman's (in Burwash) and Chartwell (in Westerham). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Winchester City Mill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Magdalen College, and admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to London. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Conwy.
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Conwy — 2 nights

Conwy is a walled market town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales. On the 9th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Smallest House in Britain, explore the historical opulence of Conwy Castle, make a trip to Conwy Town Walls, then look for all kinds of wild species at South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve, and finally take in panoramic vistas at South Stack Lighthouse. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Newborough Warren & Ynys Llanddwyn and then don't miss a visit to Beaumaris Castle.

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Take a train from London to Conwy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Conwy hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fort William.
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Fort William — 2 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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Glencoe National Nature Reserve, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, snap pictures at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, and finally identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve.

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You can drive from Conwy to Fort William in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Aviemore.
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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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB - Insh Marshes.

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Getting from Fort William to Aviemore by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Wales travel guide

Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.

Scottish Highlands travel guide

Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.