31 days in United Kingdom, Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

31 days in United Kingdom, Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

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31 days in United Kingdom, Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Ankara, Turkey
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
3
Akureyri, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
8
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
10
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
End: Ankara, Turkey

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary builder .

Ankara, Turkey to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Ankara in August, you will find days in Edinburgh are little chillier (21°C), and nights are cooler (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner .

Fly from Edinburgh to Reykjavik in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Edinburgh in August: highs in Reykjavik hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland

1
night
Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
On the 7th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Godafoss.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Akureyri trip maker tool .

Getting from Reykjavik to Akureyri by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Akureyri are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall

5
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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, wander the streets of Temple Bar, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dublin journey maker site .

Traveling by flight from Akureyri to Dublin takes 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Akureyri in August; daily highs in Dublin reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Scattery Island (in Kilrush), Quin Abbey (in Quin) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Spend the 16th (Fri) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and stroll through Drummindoo Stud.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galway trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Galway are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Westport, The Burren, Burren National Park, Scattery Island, Quin Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Go for a jaunt from Killarney to Glengarriff to see Beara Way about 1 hour away. Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, and explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. August in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Conor Pass, Beara Way
Highlights from your plan
Beara Way ©
Beara Way
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kilkenny using our trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Liverpool.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Waterford
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
King of the Vikings VR ©
King of the Vikings VR

2
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
On the 22nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Gwrych Castle, then experience rural life at Manorafon Farm Park, and then take a tour of The Black Pearl New Brighton. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at River Alyn and then kick back and relax at Lido Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Liverpool trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kilkenny to Liverpool by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Liverpool are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to York.

Things to do in Liverpool

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Abergele, Lido Beach, The Black Pearl New Brighton, River Alyn
Highlights from your plan
Gwrych Castle ©
Gwrych Castle
The Black Pearl New Brighton ©
The Black Pearl New Brighton

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Ladybower Reservoir in Bamford (about 1h 30 min away). Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at York Maze. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Breezy Knees Gardens, and admire the striking features of York Minster.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the York online route builder .

You can drive from Liverpool to York in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August in York, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in York

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ladybower Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
York Maze ©
York Maze
Breezy Knees Gardens ©
Breezy Knees Gardens
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum

5
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, examine the collection at The British Museum, take an in-depth tour of Westminster Abbey, and explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for London using our trip planner.

You can take a train from York to London in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In August in London, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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