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Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

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Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

We are looking at travelling through the UK for 4 weeks and are in the early stages of planning a self-drive holiday. Does anyone know of a good online planning tool that I can pinpoint stops and attractions myself?

Also, we are looking at travelling through Scotland, Ireland and Wales (covering off on Stonehenge and Bath in England also), so I am looking for a possible itinerary for us to follow. We are keen to look at the major castles and attractions - and possibly include a few breweries.

The main things we want to see (not in any order) so far is:

* Cardiff Castle

* Leeds Castle

* Loch Ness

* The National Wallace Monument in Stirling

* Caerphilly Castle

* Warwick Castle

* Edinburgh Castle

* Stirling Castle

* Hadrians Wall

* Holyrood Abbey

Thanks for your help!

Linda

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1. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

Leeds castle is in Kent,so if you are arriving in London you could make this your first stop.

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2. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

Loch Ness is a long way from your other stops, there are far more interesting and beautiful lochs that don't involve going so far out your way

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3. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

Hi Linda, and welcome,

Near Cardiff Castle is Castell Coch

cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/castell-coch/…

Many historic sites are "owned" by National Trust, English Heritage, CADW, etc. If you belong to a similar Australian organisation bring your membership card as there are often reciprocal free entrance arrangements.

Happy Planning

Bob

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4. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

If you are going to Warwick Castle then also go to Kenilworth Castle which is nearby.

While Kenilworth is a ruin it is still a pretty dramatic castle.

Many people think that Warwick Castle is now more like a theme park (though it is a fine castle) whereas Kenilworth has been left as a "proper" castle.

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5. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

Thanks for the info! Will definitely add in Kenilworth, I've heard it is good.

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6. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

Thanks Bob. Castle Coch looks interesting also!

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7. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

If you do want to go to the north of Scotland then consider booking open jaw flights so you arrive at a Scottish airport (Edinburgh, Glasgow, or even Aberdeen, which could be via Heathrow, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, etc) and then flying home from a London Airport. You can then drive North - South and finish in London (assuming you want to spend some time in London itself you won't need a car there).

Don't plan on driving on your arrival day, as this can be dangerous straight off a long flight (hence why Edinburgh might be a good first stop as lots to see/do/walk around and again no car needed).

Agree that Loch Ness is vastly overrated - lots of prettier lochs/areas that don't have fake monsters in.

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8. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

Also look at www.northumbria/castles. You might like the look of our castles on your way to Scotland(or on the return route).

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9. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

The AA and the RAC both have free Route Planners where you can add the origin and final destination + locations + locations in-between but you need to knwo the right order or re-sort them once you see the routing results.

There are various apps which optimise routes for several locations "Travelling salesman" but you may need to pay for these.

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10. Re: Itinerary - looking for a good online tool or driving route

Ok I am assuming you are flying into LHR? How about the first night at Windsor, great castle and a short distance from LHR and will give you time to get over the jetlag. From there to Leeds Castle, which is in Kent, not Yorkshire, but guess you know that. That will take a couple of hours drive. Then how about a night or two in either Canterbury or the Dover area.

Then you can drive west to Cardiff and Caerphilly Castle which will take most of the day. From here head to Warwick and maybe Stratford-upon-Avon (home of Shakespeare) which again is a leisurely days drive. Of the rest of your list nearest is hardrians wall which is 250 miles away, again a days drive. Hadrains wall is something you will have to research to find the best remaining parts. Not been any further north myself so can not comment on Scotland. Assuming you are flying back from LHR and will need to drop the car back there I would route back via either the Lake District or York.

have agreat trip

Rob