Hello, My Mother (in her 70s but fit) and I would like to visit London and Scotland starting the end of September. We love scenery, museums, castles and easy walks. We are from California and I was thinking of flying into Scotland, renting a car and touring for a week and then either returning the car back in Scotland or continuing driving down to London, where we would fly back after another two weeks. Reading about the traffic in London, price of fuel and train tickets, I am unsure what is the best way to travel.
Fly into which city in Scotland? If we return the car to another city in Scotland, have we missed the advance bookings for the trains Scotland to London?
Is it worth to drive down to London – what to see along the way and how many days are needed? I only know that we would like to see Stonehenge but am open to any suggestions.
Should we drive to London or maybe drop the car somewhere close to avoid London traffic?
Do you recommend any tour group for the Scotland portion? We looked into a few but they seem pricey.
Any tips of where to stay at any places in Scotland or London (budget-mid range) and any travel cards we should buy for discounted entry?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!