26 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

26 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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26 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly + bus:  7​h
1
Norwich, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Whitby, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Alnwick, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h
8
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Newquay, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

1
night
Norwich, United Kingdom

Norwich ©
Boasting a nearly 1,000-year history, Norwich is a vibrant city known for its inclusive atmosphere, openness, and quirky charm.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Norwich Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Norwich trip itinerary tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Norwich is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Norwich is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Norwich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to York.

Things to do in Norwich

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gorleston Beach, Blickling Estate
Highlights from your plan
Gorleston Beach ©
Gorleston Beach
Blickling Estate ©
Blickling Estate
Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate ©
Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Fountains Abbey, get your game on at The York Dungeon, then see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, step into the grandiose world of Castle Howard, then contemplate the long history of Rievaulx Abbey, then look for all kinds of wild species at York Bird of Prey Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Treasurer's House.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the York journey builder app .

You can drive from Norwich to York in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September, daily temperatures in York can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whitby.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

York Bird of Prey Centre, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Rievaulx Abbey, Fountains Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
Rievaulx Abbey ©
Rievaulx Abbey

2
nights
Whitby, United Kingdom

Whitby ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Filey Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Mary, Whitby, and finally explore the ancient world of Whitby Abbey. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Peasholm Park, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Den of Antiquity, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandsend Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of 199 Steps, and finally don't miss a visit to Whitby Harbour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Whitby tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from York to Whitby in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Alnwick.

Things to do in Whitby

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scarborough, Filey Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
Sandsend Beach ©
Sandsend Beach
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

1
night
Alnwick, United Kingdom

Alnwick ©
Alnwick is a relatively large market town in north Northumberland, England, of which it is the county town. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Alnwick Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at The Alnwick Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Bamburgh Castle, then stop by Barter Books, and finally admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alnwick trip planner.

You can drive from Whitby to Alnwick in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Alnwick

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bamburgh Castle, Cragside House and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens
Barter Books ©
Barter Books

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): head outdoors with The Kelpies & The Helix, explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Princes Street Gardens, explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery, stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh route planning tool .

Traveling by train from Alnwick to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Kelpies & The Helix, Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle
Highlights from your plan
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Greyfriars Kirk ©
Greyfriars Kirk
The Kelpies & The Helix ©
The Kelpies & The Helix

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then don't miss a visit to Neptune's Staircase, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, appreciate the history behind Commando Monument, then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then shop like a local with The Lighthouse - Appin Craft Shop, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall.

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You can drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glen Coe, Fort Augustus Abbey, Commando Monument, Glenfinnan Viaduct, The Lighthouse - Appin Craft Shop
Highlights from your plan
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, then explore the striking landscape at Neist Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Galway Cathedral. Get outdoors at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Wild Atlantic Way. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to King John's Castle (in Limerick) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade and don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Galway driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Galway takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, King John's Castle
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle

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nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get outdoors at Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park. Visit Ross Castle and Muckross House for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dingle), The English Market (in Cork) and Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, stop by John Ross Jewellers, and view the masterpieces at The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip planning site .

Drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Newquay.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The English Market, Dolphin & Whale Watching, John Ross Jewellers, Blarney Castle & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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nights
Newquay, United Kingdom

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Fistral Beach Bar, admire the natural beauty at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and then delve into the distant past at Tintagel Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Lanhydrock House and Garden, then step off the mainland to explore St. Michael's Mount, and then kick back and relax at Perranporth Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Newquay online road trip planner .

Getting from Killarney to Newquay by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Newquay

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tintagel Castle, Perranporth Beach, St. Michael's Mount, Lanhydrock House and Garden
Highlights from your plan
Tintagel Castle ©
Tintagel Castle
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Lanhydrock House and Garden ©
Lanhydrock House and Garden

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nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
On the 13th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, then contemplate the long history of Longleat, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wells Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Brunel's SS Great Britain. Here are some ideas for day two: take an unorthodox tour of Avebury Stone Circle, take an in-depth tour of No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Pulteney Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bath trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Newquay to Bath takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Brunel's SS Great Britain, Wells Cathedral, Avebury Stone Circle, Longleat
Highlights from your plan
Wells Cathedral ©
Wells Cathedral
Avebury Stone Circle ©
Avebury Stone Circle
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath ©
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath

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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. On the 15th (Tue), admire the striking features of Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, enjoy the sand and surf at Bournemouth Beach, then get engrossed in the history at HMS Warrior 1860, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Arundel Castle and Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Winchester Cathedral, and then examine the collection at The Mary Rose Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Portsmouth day trip site .

You can drive from Bath to Portsmouth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Portsmouth sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Eastbourne.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Arundel Castle and Gardens, Winchester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Bournemouth Beach
Highlights from your plan
HMS Warrior 1860 ©
HMS Warrior 1860
Arundel Castle and Gardens ©
Arundel Castle and Gardens
Winchester Cathedral ©
Winchester Cathedral

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nights
Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Eastbourne ©
Eastbourne is a town, seaside resort and borough in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex on the south coast of England, 19mi east of Brighton. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Beachy Head, take a stroll through North Laine, stop by Gustamps, then take a stroll through The Lanes, then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Pavilion, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters. On the next day, browse the fresh offerings at Farmers Market East Dean, take a stroll through Old Town Hastings, then take in the history at Battle Abbey and Battlefield, then step into the grandiose world of Bodiam Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Scotney Castle Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Eastbourne trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Portsmouth to Eastbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eastbourne

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove, Bodiam Castle, Scotney Castle Garden, Battle Abbey and Battlefield, Old Town Hastings
Highlights from your plan
Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters ©
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters
Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle

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