38 days in United Kingdom & Dublin Itinerary

38 days in United Kingdom & Dublin Itinerary

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38 days in United Kingdom & Dublin Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Bristol, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Gretna Green, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Campbeltown, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Stirling, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
12
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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6
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Harrods, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Buckingham Palace and Natural History Museum. Family-friendly places like St. Paul's Cathedral and Covent Garden will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, hunt for treasures at Camden Market, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and steep yourself in history at Tower of London.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our London holiday planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to London is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Auckland in July, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Bristol.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Windsor Castle, World Rugby Museum & Twickenham Stadium Tours
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

4
nights
Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol ©
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Roman Baths and Somerset Crafts. Head to Cotswold Lavender and Pick a Potfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Bristol: The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes), Chedworth Farm Shop (in Chedworth) and Longleat (in Warminster). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey and look for gifts at Octavia's Bookshop.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bristol online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from London to Bristol takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Liverpool.

Things to do in Bristol

Shopping Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cirencester, Bath, Chedworth Farm Shop, Somerset Crafts, Longleat
Highlights from your plan
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey

1
night
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, stroll the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Liverpool trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bristol to Liverpool takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Liverpool

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Lido Beach
Highlights from your plan
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool ©
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral

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.
On the 19th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, and then contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, then wander the streets of Grafton Street, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dublin Zoo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Liverpool to Dublin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Dublin when traveling from Liverpool in July, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Gretna Green.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Gretna Green, United Kingdom

Gretna Green ©
Gretna Green is a village in the south of Scotland famous for runaway weddings. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): revel in the low prices at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village, sample the fine beverages at The Lakes Distillery, and then contemplate the long history of Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael’s Church, then look for gifts at The Wool Clip Shop, and then get to know the resident critters at The Lake District Wildlife Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gretna Green itinerary maker site .

Getting from Dublin to Gretna Green by car takes about 6.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in July since evenings lows in Gretna Green dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Gretna Green

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bassenthwaite, St Michael’s Church, Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall, The Wool Clip Shop, Gretna Gateway Outlet Village
Highlights from your plan
Gretna Gateway Outlet Village ©
Gretna Gateway Outlet Village
The Wool Clip Shop ©
The Wool Clip Shop
The Lakes Distillery ©
The Lakes Distillery

5
nights
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Get some cultural insight at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Cathedral. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Buchanan Street and The Glasgow School of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Glasgow side-trips: Heads of Ayr Farm Park (in Ayr) and Five Sisters Zoo (in West Calder). There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Glasgow Science Centre, admire the masterpieces at The Burrell Collection, steep yourself in history at The Mackintosh House, and pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Glasgow visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Gretna Green to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Glasgow when traveling from Gretna Green in July, with lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for Campbeltown.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Five Sisters Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Glasgow Science Centre ©
Glasgow Science Centre
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ©
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow Cathedral ©
Glasgow Cathedral

few
hours
Campbeltown, United Kingdom

Campbeltown
Campbeltown; is a town and former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): kick back and relax at Machrihanish Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Campbeltown trip website .

Getting from Glasgow to Campbeltown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Fort William.

Things to do in Campbeltown

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Machrihanish 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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stop by Highland Soaps, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct. On the next day, stop by Woodland Pottery & Crafts, admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, and then stop by The Granite House.

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

You can drive from Campbeltown to Fort William in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Highland Soaps, Woodland Pottery & Crafts, Glen Coe
Highlights from your plan
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

2
nights
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 31st (Wed): look for gifts at Skye Batiks and then admire the natural beauty at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Isle of Skye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Skye Batiks ©
Skye Batiks

3
nights
Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom

Drumnadrochit ©
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Culloden Battlefield. For shopping fun, head to The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach or Iceberg Glass. Venture out of the city with trips to Loch Morlich (in Aviemore), Fort George (in Inverness) and Cawdor Castle (in Nairn). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey and step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Drumnadrochit road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Drumnadrochit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Drumnadrochit can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Stirling.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Fort Augustus, Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor Castle
Highlights from your plan
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

2
nights
Stirling, United Kingdom

Stirling
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. Get some historical perspective at Stirling Castle and The Glenturret Distillery. Get a sense of the local culture at Doune Castle and National Wallace Monument. When in Stirling, make a side trip to see Phoenix Falconry in Blackford, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get outside with The Kelpies & The Helix, get some fabulous bargains at Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, buy something for everyone on your list at Stirling Arcade, and explore the historical opulence of Menstrie Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Stirling online journey builder .

You can drive from Drumnadrochit to Stirling in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Stirling are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stirling

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Falkirk, Phoenix Falconry, The Glenturret Distillery, Menstrie Castle, Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village
Highlights from your plan
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle
The Glenturret Distillery ©
The Glenturret Distillery

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
For shopping fun, head to The Marshmallow Lady or Jenners. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. There's lots more to do: take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, look for gifts at Eddie's Seafood Market, take in the exciting artwork at Urbane Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip planner .

You can take a train from Stirling to Edinburgh in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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