12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Blarney, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Dingle, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Belfast, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Fort William, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Inverness, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
14
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
15
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
16
Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You've added The View from The Shard, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at St. Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Stonehenge (in Amesbury) and The Roman Baths (in Bath). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tower of London, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, and admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read London itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Cardiff.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Windsor Castle, The Roman Baths, Wembley Stadium, Stonehenge
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Windsor Castle ©
Windsor Castle
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

1
night
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cardiff road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from London to Cardiff takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Cardiff, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Brecon Beacons National Park.

Things to do in Cardiff

Nightlife Outdoors Parks

few
hours
Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom

Brecon Beacons National Park
For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brecon Beacons National Park trip planner .

Drive from Cardiff to Brecon Beacons National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll set off for Waterford on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Brecon Beacons National Park

Nightlife Outdoors Parks

1
night
Waterford, Ireland

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Viking Triangle as well as Waterford Crystal.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Waterford tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Brecon Beacons National Park to Waterford takes 8 hours. In October in Waterford, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Blarney.
Highlights from your plan
The Viking Triangle ©
The Viking Triangle
Waterford Crystal ©
Waterford Crystal

few
hours
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Killarney National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Blarney online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Waterford to Blarney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Blarney sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Killarney National Park
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

few
hours
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fahan BeeHive Huts, Coumeenoole Beach and Gallarus Oratory.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dingle road trip planning website .

You can drive from Blarney to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in Dingle, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Coumeenoole Beach ©
Coumeenoole Beach
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

1
night
Doolin, Ireland

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
You've now added Cliffs of Moher to your itinerary.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Doolin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Doolin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October in Doolin, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dublin.

Things to do in Doolin

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cliffs of Moher
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Famine Sculptures, Wicklow Mountains National Park and Bru na Boinne. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Wicklow Mountains National Park, then browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, and then pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures.

Discover how to plan a Dublin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Doolin to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

few
hours
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast online trip planner .

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

1
night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews as well as Scott Monument.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Belfast to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Belfast in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Edinburgh, with lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
Highlights from your plan
Scott Monument ©
Scott Monument

few
hours
Fort William, United Kingdom

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glencoe Lochan, Ben Nevis and Neptune's Staircase.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Fort William trip planner .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Glencoe Lochan
Highlights from your plan
Ben Nevis ©
Ben Nevis
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan
Neptune's Staircase ©
Neptune's Staircase

1
night
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye trip planner.

Getting from Fort William to Isle of Skye by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan

few
hours
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Loch Ness by Jacobite.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness tour planning website .

Drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Inverness, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Glasgow.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Outdoors

few
hours
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Falkirk Wheel has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glasgow online trip builder .

You can drive from Inverness to Glasgow in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Glasgow sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Liverpool.
Highlights from your plan
Falkirk Wheel ©
Falkirk Wheel

1
night
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Snowdon.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Liverpool online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Glasgow to Liverpool by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Liverpool can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Birmingham.

Things to do in Liverpool

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Snowdon
Highlights from your plan
Snowdon ©
Snowdon
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
Mendips - John Lennon Home ©
Mendips - John Lennon Home

1
night
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham ©
Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes University of Oxford as well as Stow Visitor Information Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Birmingham day trip site .

Drive from Liverpool to Birmingham in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Birmingham can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.
Highlights from your plan
University of Oxford ©
University of Oxford
Stow Visitor Information Centre ©
Stow Visitor Information Centre

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