LONDON TO EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
You can easily do this drive over four days. The main challenge is getting out of London. Once you’re out of the city, it’s relatively smooth. First stop: Oxford, a historic town just a couple of hours’ drive from London. Here, you may want to visit Oxford Castle (www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk), which brings the area’s history to life. The Bodleian Library (www.bodley.ox.ac.uk), too, is another historical treasure. One of the oldest libraries in Europe, it’s home to more than 11 million printed items.
Just 90 minutes from Oxford is Stratfordupon-Avon, Shakespeare’s childhood town. Check out the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (www.rsc.org.uk), where you can learn more about the Bard’s plays and his life. From here, journey north through Liverpool, and keep going till you arrive at the picturesque Lake District. There are many farms, mountains, valleys and lakes here, but the area is also home to the Beatrix Potter Gallery (www. nationaltrust.org.uk/beatrix-potter-gallery), which exhibits the author’s original drawings and watercolours, and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway ride, an authentic steam train that takes passengers on a 40-minute journey through the beautiful countryside.
Keep driving north until you reach the Scottish border. Along the way, you’ll pass Blencathra mountains, instantly recognisable with its ridges and peaks. Driving further north – it should take you a few hours – will take you to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. This vibrant city boasts countless historical attractions, such as Holyrood Palace (www. royalcollection.org.uk), the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland, and Mary King’s Close (www.realmarykingsclose.com), which depicts life in Edinburgh between the 16th and 19th centuries.