23 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

23 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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23 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ennis, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Boston, United States

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. Step out of Dublin to go to Malahide and see Malahide Castle, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, catch a live event at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip planner.

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Dublin. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Boston in September; daily highs in Dublin reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Malahide Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

3
nights
Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Dromoland Castle. Visiting Cliffs of Moher and Aillwee Cave will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Hag's Head (in Liscannor). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, and ride a horse along Clare Equestrian Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ennis trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Ennis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Ennis can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Liscannor, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Aillwee Cave, Clare Equestrian Centre, The Burren
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Nore Valley Walking Route and then get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Ennis to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

2
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, delve into the mystery of Stonehenge, and then admire the striking features of Wells Cathedral. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Chavenage House, head outdoors with The Cotswold Range, then contemplate the long history of Malmesbury Market Cross, then pause for some serene contemplation at Malmesbury Abbey, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bath trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Kilkenny to Bath takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Malmesbury, The Cotswold Range, Wells Cathedral, Stonehenge, Castle Combe Village
Highlights from your plan
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths

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.
Popular historic sites such as Buckingham Palace and Tower of London are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, admire the striking features of Houses of Parliament, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read London trip planner.

Take a train from Bath to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in London can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Glenmore Forest Park and Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Boat of Garten Community Garden (in Boat of Garten) and Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cairngorms National Park and stroll the grounds of Wardlaw Mausoleum.

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Fly from London to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Inverness reach 62°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Highlights from your plan
Glenmore Forest Park ©
Glenmore Forest Park
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

3
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eilean Donan Castle and The Commando Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Glen Coe. Venture out of the city with trips to Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig), Loch Affric Circular Walk (in Beauly) and Morar Beach (in Morar). There's more to do: trek along Glencoe Lochan and take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall.

Before you visit Fort William, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Inverness to Fort William by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Morar Beach, Camusdarach Beach, Eilean Donan Castle, The Commando Museum, Glencoe Lochan
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Old Town will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk, engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip builder .

You can drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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