Dear fellow travellers,
I'm from Singapore and is currently planning a trip to UK with my bf from Jun 26th to Jul 13th (18 days), meaning that we have about 16 full travel days. We have many ideas on the places to visit and wish to understand and enjoy the culture and sights, rather than at a "touch and go" pace.
As this is our 1st trip to Europe, we hope to get some valuable advice from you all so that we can map out the skeletal structure of our itinerary. We aim to keep to a low budget and our travel likes include nature trails, driving along scenic scenery, exploring heritage like castles & museums, outlet shopping, food and theatre. Some of the places to plan to visit are as follows:
Arrive in London-Gatwick at 1230, travel to Edinburgh:
- Fly or take the rail? (noted a BA deal for £38 but departs at 1700)
Places we plan to visit in Scotland are:
- Isle of Skye
- Loch Ness
- Eilean Donan castle
- Glencoe (recommended hikes here?)
- Scottish highlands (Loch lomond, Fort william)
- Glasgow (should we factor in Glasgow too for a loop back to England?)
Which of the above are recommended for overnight stays and are there any clean budget accomodation less than £50? To get between these places and enjoy the scenery, would driving be the best option?
Return to London & take rail to Paris? Or fly direct to Paris?
Is 2-3 days sufficient to visit Paris? (planning to visit Eiffel tower, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame cathedral, Louvre and versailles garden)
Last few days will be in England before flying back to Singapore. Places we plan to visit in England are:
- London Eye, tower of London, Big Ben, Westminister Abbey
- Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Cotswolds
- Chester for outlet shopping
- 1 night to catch a theatre act
The above list seems exhaustive for a 16 days trip. So we would greatly appreciate any valuable advice to add or remove. We would also appreciate any views on the order of places to visit to make our planning easier..
Many thanks and we look forward to any valuable advice!! =)