Hello, my husband and I have a 10 day trip planned for early May. We have an overnight flight from Miami to London, staying 3 nights (hotel is in Leicester Square), then taking the overnight sleeper train to Inverness, Scotland, where we will stay 3 nights in a guest house. From Inverness we will take the train to Edinburgh for two nights (hotel at Hunter Square near the Royal Mile), then fly home from Edinburgh.
We splurged on highly recommended tours and centrally located lodging, so we are going to skip expensive meals...would appreciate any recommendations for some great cheap eats, pub meals or somewhere to eat tikka masala!
The itinerary we planned looks pretty ambitious on paper, but it seems to be at about the same pace as some of the multi-day guided tours we have taken in the past. Any recommendations would be much appreciated!
About us: We're pretty sturdy, we travel light with just carry-ons, and we both can only spend about two hours max in a museum.
My husband has never been to the UK, so his must-do list (Stonehenge, driving on the left, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace) is pretty much based on National Lampoon's European Vacation. I am an Outlander book fan, thus Cullodon Battlefield, etc.
Arrive at Heathrow at 10:20am (hopefully semi-refreshed from an ambian-induced sleep), purchase Oyster cards, take the Underground to Leicester Square station, leave luggage at the hotel until check-in. Grab lunch..
2pm - two hour guided tour of the British Museum (booked)
Try to make it to bed early to get our internal clocks on track.
All day walking tour (reserved w/ Strawberry Tours), walking past Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Sq, Churchill War Rooms, St James Palace & Park, 10 Downing, National Gallery, stop for lunch at a pub, Tower of London, St Paul's, Leadenhall Market, Bank of England, Tower Bridge, Temple Church. Tour ends around Buckingham palace.
7:30pm - show Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theater (booked)
All day tour Stonehenge & Bath (booked w/ The English Bus tour company)
Check out of hotel, storing bags there until evening. Go back and visit Tower of London (as soon as they open), Westminster Abbey, V&A.
Towards evening have dinner, collect our luggage and board the Caledonian Sleeper train from Euston Station (booked)
Arrive in Inverness at 8:20am, rent a car so my husband tick off driving on the left side of the road. Car doubles as a storage facility for our bags until check-in time at our Guest House. Possibly do a day trip, driving to Glencoe. Or, possibly just toodle around Inverness area. http://www.visitinvernesslochness.com/explore/car-tours-glencoe.aspx
9am full day tour (booked w/ Happy Tours) of Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Beauly Priory, Glen Ord Distillery, Clootie Well, Moray Firth
8am full day tour to Isle of Skye (also booked w/ Happy Tours)
9:40am train to Edinburgh (was able to purchase two first class tickets for $28 US), arriving around 1:30. Check in at hotel and go visit Royal Yacht Britannia before they close at 4:30.
Evening - explore The Royal Mile and have dinner.
10am - 2.5 walking tour of Edinburgh (Sandman's)
Afternoon - Visit Edinburgh Castle, possibly visit The Real Mary King's Close?
10am flight home