United Kingdom Itinerary (32 Days)

This month-long itinerary was our initiation to the United Kingdom, which was pretty much like visiting three countries (England, Scotland, and Wales) in a single trip. Unlike our previous European vacations to this point, we brought our daughter along this time. The trip was dominated by self-driving that began and ended in Bath. We covered the Yorkshire Dales, the Lakes Region, the Scottish Highlands, the Welsh Countryside, and even the far southwest corner of the UK in Devon and Cornwall. The only time we didn't drive was when we spent the last few days in London at the end of the trip. Since we brought our daughter along, we did buy travel insurance, which further added to an already expensive voyage since our trip took place in the peak month of August. Moreover, due to the long car hire, we had brought our own car seat as well as booked our rental through Auto Europe to save on cost.

Now given the infamously wet weather that the UK gets, we spotted numerous waterfalls. But on the flip side, sometimes too much bad weather was a bad thing as it resulted in some closures (Smoo Cave was perhaps the worst casualty of this) and dangerous fell walking conditions. Nevertheless, taking the good with the bad, we wouldn't trade this experience for the world.

Day Overnight Activity
1-2 Bath, England
Royal Hotel
Travel, Roman Bath Spa
3 York, England
Park Inn by Radisson York
Car Rental Pickup, Cotswolds (Bibury, Chipping Campden), Stratford upon Avon (Anne Hathaway Cottage, William Shakespeare Birthplace)
4 York, England
Park Inn by Radisson York
York Minster (including the Tower), York City Walls, York City Centre, The Shambles, Clifford's Tower
5 Kendal, England
Romney's Apartments
Aysgarth Falls, Hardraw Force, High Force, Cautley Spout
6 Kendal, England
Romney's Apartments
Gaping Gill, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
7 Kendal, England
Romney's Apartments
Aira Force, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Taylor Gill Force, Stock Ghyll Force, Ambleside
8 Kendal, England
Romney's Apartments
Janet's Foss and the Gordale Scar, Malham Cove, Sizergh Castle, Kendal Castle, Orrest Head, Windermere
9 Edinburgh, Scotland
Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile
Hadrian's Wall (Housesteads Fort), Gray Mare's Tail, Loch Skeen, Falls of Clyde, New Lanark, Edinburgh (Royal Mile)
10 Edinburgh, Scotland
Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile
Edinburgh (Royal Mile, Fringe Festival), Camera Obscura, Royal Museum of Scotland
11 Edinburgh, Scotland
Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile
Carlton Hill, Edinburgh Castle, Palace of the Holyroodhouse, Royal Mile
12 Pitlochry, Scotland
Acarsaid Hotel
Sanctuary of Madonna dell'Acero, Falls of Moness (Birks of Aberfeldy), Falls of Bruar, Black Spout, Pitlochry
13 Inverness, Scotland
Bishops Park Apartments
Falls of Glomach
14 Inverness, Scotland
Bishops Park Apartments
Falls of Measach, Deep Freeze Mountain Viewpoint, "Ardvreck Castle Waterfall", Eas a'Chual Aluinn, Smoo Cave, Durness Beach, Clashnessie Beach, Clashnessie Waterfall
15 Inverness, Scotland
Bishops Park Apartments
Eilean Donan Castle, Mealt Falls, Kilt Rock, Bride's Veil Waterfall, Portree, Urquhart Castle, Inverness (Ness Walk)
16 Inverness, Scotland
Bishops Park Apartments
Plodda Falls, Falls of Foyers, Rogie Falls
17 Fort William, Scotland
Buccleuch Guest House
Glencoe Valley, Steall Falls, Fort William Town Centre
18 Glasgow, Scotland
Premier Inn Glasgow City - George Square
Glencoe Waterfalls, Falls of Falloch, Stirling Castle, Glasgow (Style Mile)
19 Glasgow, Scotland
Premier Inn Glasgow City - George Square
Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Necropolis, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (Style Mile), Kelvingrove Museum
20-20 Conwy, Wales
Bryn Derwen Guest House
Conwy Castle, Conwy, Conwy Walls, Llandudno
21 Conwy, Wales
Bryn Derwen Guest House
Swallow Falls, Caernarfon Castle, Aber Falls, Conwy
22 Conwy, Wales
Bryn Derwen Guest House
Dolgoch Falls, Pistyll Rhaeadr, Conwy Falls, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy
23 Cardiff, Wales
Capital Apartments
Mynach Falls (Devil's Bridge), Cardiff Bay
24 Cardiff, Wales
Capital Apartments
Brecon Beacons Four Falls Trail, Dan yr Ogof Showcaves Waterfalls, Sgwd Henrhyd, Melincourt Falls, Cardiff Bay
25 Cardiff, Wales
Capital Apartments
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff City Centre, National Museum of Wales, Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff Bay
26 Penzance, England
Armeria House
Caerphilly Castle, Becky Falls, Penzance
27 Penzance, England
Armeria House
Saint Michael's Mount, Minack Theatre, Beach by Minack Theatre, Land's End (Sea Arch)
28 Bath, England
Royal Hotel
Sunrise at Penzance, Durdle Door, Stonehenge, Bath
29 Bath, England
Royal Hotel
Car Rental Return, Bath (Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, Parade Gardens, Royal Crescent)
30 London, England
Tudor Court Hotel
Travel, Tower of London, Tower Bridge
31 London, England
Tudor Court Hotel
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament Square, London Eye, British Museum, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery
32 Home Travel

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