Hi, hope I'm in the right place.
I'm in the early stages of planning a trip to England/Wales/Scotland and need a little help with an itinerary which I'll fine tune once I have some feedback. I plan to fly into London and stay 4/5 nights to see the sights. A walk around St James Park, a museum or two, St Pauls for evensong, the Globe, a river trip up to Greenwich or perhaps the 2 hr riverboat to Windsor and back will keep me happy. I'll be returning to London end of the trip for another 3 days or so to see a bit more. I'd prefer to have a change of scene and hate the idea of making a long dash to the airport.
What I'd like to do then is a day trip to Oxford to soak up the atmosphere before heading onto the Cotswolds. Should say II hate buses but depends on timetables I suppose. I want to make the best use of my time. I would like to stay in Chipping Campden overnight or somewhere close to Hidcote so I can walk there. Would really like to get one walk in at least. I would have to do a bus tour to see the rest and have one in mind. Just a day trip. So two days at least in the Cotswolds.
I'd then like to see the south of England but no idea how to get there from the Cotswolds. I want to drive the coast Brighton to Megavissey. Stay one or two nights in Brighton and perhaps go one morning to see the cliffs at Eastbourne. I'm interested in seeing Salcombe (Overbecks), Stoke Gabriel, Isle of Portland, Wimborne/Milton Abbas ( family history), Lyme Regis for the picture postcard value. Love to get a bird's eye view of Plymouth harbour if I could because so many of my English ancestors sailed from there.
I was thinking I could train it from Polperro thereabouts up to Bath or Wells and stop overnight before heading to Chester. Reason being I want to go to Anglesey in Wales. Don't know if that's feasible or not given it's a bit out of my way but I'd really like to see it.
From there somewhere (Chester?) I'd be catching a train to York for an overnight stay and then heading onto Scotland for 6 days or so. I'd love to see Dornie (Eileen Donan Castle) and perhaps take a day trip over to Skye. Really just want a good look at the scenery there and would love to walk to the Castle if the weather is friendly as I believe it's not all that far. Back to Inverness and a day trip to Dunrobin Castle. Would like a look at Dingwall too if that's possible. (family history). I'd like to stay at least 2 nights in Edinburgh as well and then fly back to London.
I anticipate about 26 to 28 days in the UK. I'm a budget traveller and happy to scrounge whatever cheap food is going. A nice cuppa at Boswells is more my speed or a pub meal. I am going to investigate airbnb for accommodation otherwise I'd have to settle for 3 star hotels and prefer not to. I can walk 10km comfortably but not up and down steep hills (asthma). I am used to driving left side of the road so that's no problem but I'd like not to have to drive if it's at all possible.
What do you think?