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Driving from London to Inverness

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Driving from London to Inverness

We are a group of middle and oldish age women and are going to take two weeks and drive from London to Inverness in September. Do any of you have any ideas on the best route for us? Should we have our lodging planned ahead or will we be ok just flying by the seat of out pants? We would like to keep our hotel at or less than $100/night. We want to see country, culture and history. Staying in a castle at least once is something we are also interested in. Any tips would help.

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1. Re: Driving from London to Inverness

Do you mean that you will spend 2 weeks getting to Inverness, or spend a short time getting there, then stay for almost 2 weeks?

Just checking. the second alternative first, as a baseline:

There is an obvious 'quick' way.

http://www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp#fromNode=0|London||-0.125487|51.508515|toNode=0|Inverness||-4.224721|57.477773

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In September, the pressure is off regarding accomodation. If you want to be sure but flexible, you can book ahead via tourist offices as you go, or if you have a mobile device and a UK price plan, the web.

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Before getting to the zig-zag route, what are your collective interests? Culture probably means towns. Do you mean museums, art, concerts or do you mean highland gentlemen in kilts? Or food/drink?

Castles: well that's fairly plain. There are lots. I suggest you start by looking at http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ which lists lots of places, castles, things to do, region by region. There may be an equivalent English website, not sure.

50% or more of your journey will be in England. I hope you are posting in appropriate English groups to get local help?

More later ...

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2. Re: Driving from London to Inverness

Another question: how many of you? Lots of B&Bs are small and may have only a couple of rooms. Hotels also do bed and breakfast , and are a safer bet if your party is large.

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3. Re: Driving from London to Inverness

'We would like to keep our hotel at or less than $100/night' You will have a difficult time with this, as accommodation prices in England and Scotland will be shown and charged in pounds sterling (decision on 18 September notwithstanding) rather than dollars of any variety. Use www.xe.com or www.oanda.com to calculate the exchange rate and think only in pounds when planning your trip.

At current exchange rates your budget of £60 per night is very low. Booking on spec may mean having to pay considerably more for less desirable accommodation, so you may wish to book two or three places in advance and ensure you arrive at those cities or towns when booking.

The days will be shortening noticeably in Scotland in September; check sunrise and sunset times at www.timeanddate.com If you decide you would rather spend more time in Scotland and hire a car outside Edinburgh or Glasgow after having taken the train from London, keep an eye on train times and fares at www.nationalrail.co.uk

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Two weeks getting to Inverness. We fly into London and out of Glasgow. There are 4 of us. Collective interest?? Well museums, art, concerts, food and drink ...yes. Highland gentlemen in kilts .....hell yes! Hahaha Actually we are open minded and anything new is an option. We like the pup scene but we are not late night people. We like country side views and short hikes. We like food! Is the language going to be an issue. We are Midwest American girls?

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5. Re: Driving from London to Inverness

Sorry that should say pub scene and not pup. Local music with small venues are the best.

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6. Re: Driving from London to Inverness

Thank you this was helpful. I did not even think of the sunset and rise times. We can spend more on lodging if needed. I would rather double our limit than stay at a not so clean place.

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7. Re: Driving from London to Inverness

As you are flying out of Glasgow is there any particular reason to go as far north as Inverness?

If you have two weeks to make the journey then there are plenty of places to see on the way.

For example you may wish to spend some time in the Lake District or meandering through the Scottish borders.

Look at laterooms.com for lodging

Cant think you will have any problem with the language unless English is not your first language and you struggle with it.

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< There are 4 of us >

Unless you are travelling with hand luggage only you'd need a People Carrier

< The days will be shortening noticeably in Scotland in September; >

In early September the days will be longer than in Nebraska, at the end they'd be roughly the same

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9. Re: Driving from London to Inverness

Where in London will you be starting from? And are there any things you have a burning desire to see before you get to Scotland/the North of England? If you're just heading up the motorway the first few hours of the drive will just be dreary motorway. Could catch a train out of London first then hire a car for more meandering drives.

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10. Re: Driving from London to Inverness

"Unless you are travelling with hand luggage only you'd need a People Carrier"

Or a car with a big boot (trunk)