15 days in Liverpool & Orkney Islands Itinerary

15 days in Liverpool & Orkney Islands Itinerary

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15 days in Liverpool & Orkney Islands Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Train:  45​min
1
Liverpool
— 9 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Birsay
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
3
Kirkwall, Mainland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Manchester

9
nights
Liverpool

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
World Museum and Merseyside Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Harlech Beach and Barmouth Beach. Explore Liverpool's surroundings by going to National Trust - Chirk Castle (in Chirk), Caernarfon Castle (in Caernarfon) and Bendi-gedig (in Barmouth). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, browse the exhibits of Chatsworth House, contemplate the long history of Mendips - John Lennon Home, and take in the exciting artwork at Walker Art Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Liverpool trip itinerary website .

Manchester to Liverpool is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Birsay.

Things to do in Liverpool

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Conwy, Llandudno, Bakewell, Barmouth, Aber Falls
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Royal Albert Dock Liverpool ©
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Chatsworth House ©
Chatsworth House
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle

1
day
Birsay

Birsay ©
On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Kirbuster Museum, then contemplate the long history of Barony Mill, then head off the coast to Brough Of Birsay, and finally step into the grandiose world of Earl's Palace.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Birsay trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Liverpool to Birsay. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Liverpool in August; daily highs in Birsay reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Birsay

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Brough Of Birsay ©
Brough Of Birsay
Barony Mill ©
Barony Mill
Kirbuster Museum ©
Kirbuster Museum

4
nights
Kirkwall, Mainland

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Let the collections at The Orkney Museum and Orkney Wireless Museum capture your imagination. Saint Magnus Cathedral and Bishop & Earls Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kirkwall side-trips: Skara Brae (in Stromness) and Tomb of the Eagles (in South Ronaldsay). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ring of Brodgar, brush up on your military savvy at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, delve into the distant past at Maeshowe, and get engrossed in the history at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kirkwall trip planner .

Kirkwall is very close to Birsay. In August, daytime highs in Kirkwall are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Stromness, Hoy, Stenness, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

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