22 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

22 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  16 h
1
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
St Ives, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h
7
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Seattle, United States

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Urquhart Castle and Cawdor Castle. Get some cultural insight at Culloden Battlefield and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Nairn Beach (in Nairn) and Dornoch (Historylinks Museum & Dornoch Beach). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fort George, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inverness Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip itinerary builder website.

Seattle, USA to Inverness is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Seattle to Inverness due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect Inverness to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nairn, Dornoch, Urquhart Castle, Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Fort George
Fort George
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, thenlearn about all things military at The Commando Museum, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): appreciate the views at Glen Coe, get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Monument, thencontemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Glenfinnan Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William trip planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glencoe, The Commando Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, and then take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, thenbrush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip maker.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ©
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery and Buckingham Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore The British Museum and Natural History Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Clarence House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and contemplate the long history of Tower of London.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our London trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Edinburgh in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in London, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

3
nights
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Appreciate the collections at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and The Mary Rose. Get some historical perspective at Corfe Castle and Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta. Explore Portsmouth's surroundings by going to Stonehenge (in Amesbury), Bournemouth Beach (in Bournemouth) and Lulworth Cove (in West Lulworth). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at HMS Victory.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from London to Portsmouth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Portsmouth are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to St Ives.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Stonehenge, Bournemouth Beach, Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle
Highlights from your plan
The Mary Rose ©
The Mary Rose
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Bournemouth Beach ©
Bournemouth Beach

3
nights
St Ives, United Kingdom

St Ives ©
St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fistral Beach Bar and Carbis Bay Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Perranporth Beach. Take a break from St Ives with a short trip to Tintagel Castle in Tintagel, about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: head off the coast to St. Michael's Mount and enjoy the sand and surf at Porthminster Beach.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the St Ives trip planning app.

You can drive from Portsmouth to St Ives in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. While traveling from Portsmouth, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in St Ives, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Caernarfon.

Things to do in St Ives

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Fistral Beach Bar, Tintagel Castle, St. Michael's Mount, Perranporth Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan ©
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Carbis Bay Beach ©
Carbis Bay Beach

2
nights
Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. On the 23rd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Beaumaris Castle, step into the grandiose world of Conwy Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Orme. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Caernarfon Castle, see the interesting displays at Lloyd George Museum, and then kick back and relax at Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Caernarfon day trip planning site.

You can drive from St Ives to Caernarfon in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Caernarfon can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Beaumaris Castle, Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands, Conwy Castle, Lloyd George Museum, Great Orme
Highlights from your plan
Beaumaris Castle ©
Beaumaris Castle
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands ©
Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Guinness Storehouse and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Kilkenny (Black Abbey, St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, visit Temple Bar, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and get advice or help at National Photographic Archive.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

Getting from Caernarfon to Dublin by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Dublin are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Kilkenny
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

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