Marshall and I went on an incredible trip to the United Kingdom last month. The trip far exceeded my childhood daydreams about England and Scotland, and Marsh and I already can’t wait to go back someday. I have so many fun stories from the trip (Marsh driving on the left side of the road for the first time, sprinting to catch our train in Oxford, etc.)… Hopefully sometime soon I’ll have time to do a longer post about each of our stops. In the meantime, I’ve been asked by lots of friends about our trip itinerary, so it’s posted below.
Disclaimer: Yes, we know we were crazy to plan our itinerary the way we did. Marsh and I kept referring to our trip as a “UK sampler trip”, because we only had a day or so in each place. We had lots of early mornings and late nights in order to see everything we wanted to see, but thankfully, we hit almost everything on our “must-see” list. Our legs were literally sore every night from power-walking around all the cities. But hey, with limited vacation days, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Friday Night — Flight from Houston to London
Day 1 — Arrive in London
Day 2 — London
Day 3 — London
Day 4 —
- Early morning: Train to Oxford, England
- After lunch: Rent car in Oxford, drive through Cotswolds
- Evening: Bath, England
Day 5 — (Travel day)
- Drive back to Oxford
- Train from Oxford to London,
- Train stop in York, England for an hour
- Train from York to Edinburgh
Day 6 — Edinburgh
Day 7 —
- Early morning: Train from Edinburgh to Inverness and pick up car
- Day: Drive through Highlands to Eilean Donan Castle
- Evening: Isle of Skye
Day 8 —
- Morning: Isle of Skye
- Afternoon: Drive through BEAUTIFUL Highlands
- Evening: Glasgow (Just to sleep)
Day 9 — Early flight to Dublin, Ireland
Day 10 — Flight from Dublin to Houston
Our favorite planning tools before the trip:
EscapeHouston — We find all of our flight deals on this site.
London Reddit — Figuring out tube passes was a pain, and this had the best info from locals.
Pinterest — Gave me the best posts about how to pack 10 days in a carry-on backpack.
Our favorite travel tools while we were across the pond:
“Here” App (Free) — I can’t say enough good things about this app. We didn’t have an international plan, so we relied on this app for offline maps. We downloaded maps ahead of time for England, Scotland, and Ireland and then used it like Google Maps. The very best part about it was that we could even type in landmarks, restaurants, etc. and it gave us the exact London Underground tubes we needed to get on or switch at.
London National Rail Stations — Main rail stations (Paddington, Kings Cross, etc.) have racks of brochures with deals for people who’ve bought train tickets. We got a brochure of “2 for 1” deals that we used at Tower of London, a night bus tour, and a couple other little things.
Groupon — Lots of good restaurant deals in big cities!