6-Day Road Trip in Scotland and England from Edinburgh to Manchester and Lancaster

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6 days & 5 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
5 nights included
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6 days included
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Embark on an unforgettable 6-day multi-country road trip across Scotland and England! If traveling through picturesque landscapes and immersing yourself in the captivating cultures of destinations like Edinburgh, Motherwell, Manchester, Urmston, and Dunham Town sounds like your idea of a great vacation, this iconic European tour is for you.

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 2 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. You'll stay 3 nights in Scotland and 2 nights in England.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of Scotland, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. You’ll collect your chosen rental car in the city of Edinburgh and begin your adventure from there. Explore Edinburgh and Motherwell, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the diverse and vibrant landscapes of England. Immerse yourself in the allure of Manchester, Urmston, Dunham Town, Lancaster, Keswick, Greenholme, and Dockray, where every street tells a story.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Throughout your tour, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across Scotland and England will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Embark on a quest for a rare souvenir in each destination. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 6-day self-drive adventure in Scotland and England. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail. This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries on one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in Scotland and England.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Included

Hotel, 5 nights
Rental car, 6 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Photo of aerial view of Lancaster, a city on river Lune in northwest England, UK.Lancaster / 1 night
Photo of aerial view of Keswick and lake Derwent Water from Latrigg, Cumbria, UK.Keswick
Dockray
Urmston
Motherwell
Greenholme
Photo of beautiful view of the old town city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill, United Kingdom.Edinburgh / 3 nights
Aerial drone view of Manchester city in UK on a beautiful sunny day.Manchester / 1 night
Dunham Town

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Scenic view of Edinburgh Castle and Ross Fountain, Scotland travel photo. Edinburgh Castle is historic center of the city and most popular tourist attraction.Edinburgh Castle
 City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off bus in front of National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh city.National Museum of Scotland
Lake District National Park, Lakes, South Lakeland, Cumbria, North West England, England, United KingdomLake District National Park
Glasshouse at the Royal Botanical Gardens in public park Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Tebay Services (Southbound)
Landmark of Edinburgh - Holyrood Palace,Scotland,UK, EuropeHolyrood Palace
Photo of Science and Industry Museum sign, Manchester, UK.Science and Industry Museum
The Royal Mile, Old Town, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United KingdomThe Royal Mile
"Camera Obscura" sign at the Royal Mile / Camera Obscura & World of Illusions.Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
The scenic Dean Village in a sunny afternoon, in Edinburgh, Scotland.Dean Village
Photo of aerial view of beautiful Heaton Park, Manchester ,UK.Heaton Park
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Modern One, Edinburgh.National Galleries of Scotland: National
National Trust - Dunham Massey, Dunham Massey, Trafford, Greater Manchester, North West England, England, United KingdomNational Trust - Dunham Massey
Scotch Whisky Experience at 354 Castlehill on Royal Mile in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Old town Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
Strathclyde Country Park
Photo of Manchester Art Gallery, UK.Manchester Art Gallery
Photo of Aira Force waterfall on Aira Beck stream, located in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK.Aira Force
Trafford Palazzo
Photo of famous Castlerigg Stones Circle in Keswick, England.Castlerigg stone circle

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Day 1

Day 1 – Edinburgh - arrival day

  • Edinburgh - Arrival day
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  • Dean Village
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in Scotland and England begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring city of Edinburgh in Scotland. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Edinburgh for 2 nights.

Catch an early flight to Scotland to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Edinburgh before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the city’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated village and attraction in Edinburgh — Dean Village. About 13,727 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Edinburgh. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Scotland. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As the sun sets on day 1 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Edinburgh's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Scotland to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Edinburgh has them.

Set out on a gastronomic journey in Edinburgh by reserving a table at Heron. Renowned for its , this restaurant presents an outstanding menu of modern cuisine. For a different taste, head over to Condita, renowned for its delectable modern dishes. This distinguished 1-star Michelin-recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. Craving more culinary excitement? Explore The Kitchin, a highly rated local gem known for its exquisite modern menu. With a 1-star Michelin acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Edinburgh.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Panda & Sons, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, Cafe Royal offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in Edinburgh. The Ensign Ewart is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

Your multi-country road trip in Scotland and England has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
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Drive 10 km, 58 min

  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • National Galleries of Scotland: National
  • Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
  • Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • More

Day 2 of your multi-country road trip promises a full day of discoveries in beautiful Edinburgh. Enjoy time off the road as you’ll be staying in the city for 1 night more before hitting the road again.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a travelers’ favorite in Edinburgh, and today you’ll have the opportunity to discover it too! This one-of-a-kind attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 20,765 visitors.

In Edinburgh, don’t miss Scottish National Gallery, a great art museum and place to see in the city. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 13,079 reviews. Going here means you’ll be in the great company of 660,741 other travelers who visit this attraction every year.

Check other top attractions in Edinburgh off your list when you visit the wonderful Camera Obscura. This popular sight is an outstanding visitor centre, rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 13,536 travelers.

Beyond the above-mentioned top sights, take the opportunity to visit the outstanding Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. This museum and place of interest has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 8,926 reviews. It’s estimated that around 238,542 people come to admire it every year.

If you’re keen to explore even more, the fantastic Edinburgh Castle awaits. This castle is a tourist hot spot, garnering an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 90,949 visitors.

In the evening, prepare to be amazed by Edinburgh’s regional flavors and culminate your day with a toast. We’ve curated a guide to the city’s culinary and nightlife hotspots to enhance your experience during your multi-country vacation in Scotland and England.

Have a fantastic dining experience at Miller & Carter Edinburgh City Centre, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Cafe Andaluz offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Arcade Bar Haggis & Whisky House is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Edinburgh.

If you’re not ready to end the night just yet, Hoot The Redeemer offers a perfect venue to relax and savor a drink. Similarly, Albanach is well-suited for those looking to unwind in a social setting. The Bow Bar is another excellent spot to enjoy a nightcap after a delightful meal.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Scotland and England! Enjoy your evening in Edinburgh to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the city center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Edinburgh, Motherwell, and Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Motherwell
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Drive 393 km, 4 hours 45 min

  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Strathclyde Country Park
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On day 3 of your exciting European self-drive vacation in Scotland and England, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Edinburgh in Scotland. When you’re not exploring the city and its surrounding areas, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Manchester, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Motherwell’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Edinburgh behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 2 min. Motherwell welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

One place travelers keep coming back to in Edinburgh is the magnificent National Museum of Scotland. Around 45,476 visitors have rated this excellent national museum and travel destination an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

We also recommend you explore the amazing Holyrood Palace on this leg of your adventure in Scotland. This attraction is a well-known official residence that has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from around 17,746 travelers.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Edinburgh and set your GPS to Motherwell. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 1 hour 2 min. Upon reaching Motherwell, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Motherwell today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Strathclyde Country Park. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 8,543 visitors.

After an exciting day of sightseeing, it’s time to check in at your accommodation in Manchester. This is not only a place to sleep but your home away from home, offering a warm welcome after a long day on the road.

After a day of exploration and awe-inspiring sights, it’s time to replenish your strength. Make the most of this stop on your multi-country road trip across Scotland and England by rewarding yourself with a taste of Manchester’s local cuisine. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax or mingle with the locals and raise a toast to your exciting road trip adventure.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Fazenda Manchester, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Peaky Blinders Manchester? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at MR THOMAS'S CHOP HOUSE as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Manchester.

After enjoying a fulfilling meal, continue your evening at Atlas Bar, ideal for those looking to unwind with a drink in a comfortable setting. Alternatively, Port Street Beer House offers a welcoming atmosphere for easing into the nightlife. Similarly, Café Beermoth | Craft Beer Bar provides an excellent environment for a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Manchester, Urmston, Dunham Town, and Lancaster

  • Lancaster
  • Manchester
  • Urmston
  • Dunham Town
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Drive 155 km, 2 hours 42 min

  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Science and Industry Museum
  • Heaton Park
  • National Trust - Dunham Massey
  • Trafford Palazzo
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 4 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 1 stop. The highlights of today include the wonderful destinations of Manchester in England. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Lancaster, your home for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Manchester, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Dunham Town. Your travel time is around 34 min.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated art museum and attraction in Manchester — Manchester Art Gallery. About 9,000 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

The popular Science and Industry Museum is another top sight in Manchester that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved science museum in the area, rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 17,320 visitors.

Heaton Park is a spectacular english country house and highlight on travelers’ itineraries in Manchester, earning an impressive average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 14,059 enchanted visitors.

Urmston’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Dunham Town behind. This drive usually takes around 25 min. Urmston welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Something that makes Urmston the perfect holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding shopping mall, Trafford Palazzo. This local gem has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 5,534 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Manchester, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Dunham Town. This drive usually takes around 34 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable National Trust - Dunham Massey. This outstanding park and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from 10,384 travelers, a visit to the remarkable National Trust - Dunham Massey is worth pages in your travel diary.

Take some time off from the road, it’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Lancaster. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in Scotland and England, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Lancaster. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

Make sure to book a table at The Quarterhouse, a popular restaurant in Lancaster. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of countless food lovers. Alternatively, experience a taste of Lancaster at The Fenwick, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Golden Lion, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Scotland and England! Enjoy your evening in Lancaster to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the city center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Lancaster, Keswick, Greenholme, Dockray, and Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh
  • Keswick
  • Greenholme
  • Dockray
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Drive 395 km, 5 hours 32 min

  • Lake District National Park
  • Castlerigg stone circle
  • Aira Force
  • Tebay Services (Southbound)
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Dive into day 5 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across Scotland and England. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Edinburgh. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Keswick is the fantastic Lake District National Park. As an appreciated park and local gem in the area, Lake District National Park has earned an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars in 39,643 reviews.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Dockray. This car ride takes around 19 min.

In Keswick, the extraordinary Castlerigg stone circle awaits. This attraction is a valued stone circle that boasts an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,966 travelers' reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Greenholme, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Dockray to Greenholme may take around 34 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Greenholme, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Greenholme, including the outstanding Tebay Services (Southbound). Having an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 20,093 reviews, this fascinating point of interest and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the town.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Edinburgh’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

By dinnertime, you’ll be ready to savor the tastiest bites and enjoy the lively vibes in central Edinburgh. From mouthwatering restaurants to happening bars, we've got the inside scoop on where to eat and drink at this stop on your multi-country road trip across Scotland and England.

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at The Kitchin, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, The Witchery by the Castle is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Whiski Bar & Restaurant. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Edinburgh tonight.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Edinburgh - departure day

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  • The Royal Mile
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On day 6 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Edinburgh before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across Scotland and England. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

Maximize your last day in Scotland and go on a shopping spree in Edinburgh’s shopping center. This bustling commercial district is conveniently located near your lodging, granting you leisure time to roam and explore its assortment of establishments.

If you love the adrenaline rush of hunting for the best offers and deals in Scotland, you’re in for a treat. A variety of goods and gifts await your discovery. Bring a bit of Scotland home with you through these charming souvenirs.

Get a last taste of Scotland’s tasty traditional food. Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Edinburgh and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across Scotland and England.

Esteemed as a restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. If you're in the mood for something new, try The Dome, another premier location with a delectable menu.

The time has come to say farewell to Edinburgh for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 6-day European road trip in Scotland and England with fond memories. Safe travels!

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