Hi friends. We are a couple (30 yrs and 27 yrs) traveling to UK in June (to and fro London). We are planning to take a car from Heathrow airport and travel through Wales, England and Scotland and return the car in Edinburgh and go back to London by train.
We are avid drivers and would love to cover some really scenic routes and are very comfortable with driving up to 4-5 hours daily. Our main interest is to drive throughout the country and see some amazing scenery on the way (and a few castles here and there). We normally cover a 5 hour journey in 10 hours as we take multiple stops on the way to enjoy the sights and so we have kept the entire day for driving when doing long distances.
We have chalked up a rough itinerary as follows. Request you to share your views on it.
9th June 11:30 AM - Arrive at Heathrow airport, take a car and proceed to Bath. Visit Stonehenge on the way. Overnight at Bath.
10th June - Drive from Bath to Llandudno/Conwy. Planning to take the M4 into South Wales and catch A470 near Brecon and then onto North Wales through Snowdonia. Planning to reach Llandudno/Conwy by late evening (with multiple stops on the way) and staying there.
11th June - Local sightseeing in North Wales. Visit to Great Orme and Conwy Castle (is it worth a visit?). Stay overnight.
12th June - Drive from North Wales to Lake District (Keswick). Will take the A591 from Kendal via Windermere to Keswick.
13th and 14th June - Explore Lake District
15th June - Onwards to Scotland!! Drive towards the Western Highlands through Loch Lomond National Park (A82). Reach Glencoe by early evening and explore. Overnight at Glencoe.
16th June - Spend the morning in Glencoe / Fort Williams and proceed towards Skye by afternoon. Reach Glenfinnan viaduct for the afternoon Jacobite crossing (around 3 PM?) and then take the last ferry from Mallaig to Armadale (6 PM). Reach Portree by night.
17th and 18th June - Explore Isle of Skye
19th June - Portree to Edinburgh through Skye bridge (A87) then via Spean Bridge to A9. Reach Edinburgh by evening and return the car. Is there a better route than this considering that we would have already covered the Glasgow - Fort William A82 route on the way to Skyy.
20th June - Explore Edinburgh (Edinburgh castle)
21st June - Half day in Edinburgh and take an afternoon/evening train to London
22nd to 25th June - London