15 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

Start: Polokwane, South Africa
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Exeter, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
3
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Polokwane, South Africa

2
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Bru na Boinne and Kilkenny Castle are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary builder .

Polokwane, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 2 hours. In January, Dublin is much colder than Polokwane - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Exeter.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Irish Whiskey Museum ©
Irish Whiskey Museum
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

4
nights
Exeter, United Kingdom

Exeter ©
Exeter is a cathedral city in Devon England with a population of. Get a sense of the local culture at Wells Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at Corfe Castle and Libbet's Well. Get out of town with these interesting Exeter side-trips: Longleat (in Warminster), Bath Abbey (in Bath) and Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kingston Lacy, identify plant and animal life at Monkey World, see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, and make a trip to Weymouth Harbour.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Exeter trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Exeter takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to York.

Things to do in Exeter

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Wells Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Monkey World, Longleat
Highlights from your plan
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
Kingston Lacy ©
Kingston Lacy

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fountains Abbey and Steep Hill. Popular historic sites such as Church of Saint Mary, Whitby and Durham Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Whitby (199 Steps & Whitby Abbey) and Lincoln (Museum of Lincolnshire Life & Lincoln Castle). The adventure continues: examine the collection at York Castle Museum and take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read York travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Exeter to York takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in York are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Whitby, Lincoln, Fountains Abbey, Durham Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Steep Hill ©
Steep Hill
Church of Saint Mary, Whitby ©
Church of Saint Mary, Whitby

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Chapel Royal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Necropolis and Buchanan Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel (in Glasgow). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and stroll through Calton Hill.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner.

Getting from York to Edinburgh by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Glasgow, Stirling, Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
The Necropolis ©
The Necropolis

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