39 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

39 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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39 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
8
Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Swanage, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada


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4
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.
Let the collections at Kilmainham Gaol and Chester Beatty Library capture your imagination. Visiting Wicklow Mountains National Park and Falconry Ireland will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, see the interesting displays at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin day trip planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Falconry Ireland, Malahide Castle, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kilkenny Castle and Mayfield Birds of Prey. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Ferns Castle. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Huntington Castle (in Clonegal), Cashel Folk Village (in Cashel) and St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Curracloe Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, and examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Mayfield Birds of Prey, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, King of the Vikings VR, Curracloe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
On the 11th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at WWT Castle Espie, steep yourself in history at Scrabo Tower, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blackhead Path. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Glenarm Castle, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and then identify plant and animal life at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Belfast trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Belfast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Scrabo Tower, Blackhead Path, Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Glenarm Castle, WWT Castle Espie
Highlights from your plan
Blackhead Path ©
Blackhead Path
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
WWT Castle Espie ©
WWT Castle Espie

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 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, identify plant and animal life at Scottish Seabird Centre, and then contemplate the long history of Real Mary King's Close. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and then step into the grandiose world of Holyrood Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh journey builder .

Getting from Belfast to Edinburgh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Edinburgh when traveling from Belfast in September, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Scottish Seabird Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scottish Seabird Centre ©
Scottish Seabird Centre
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Garten Nature Reserve. Your inner history buff will appreciate Culloden Battlefield and Ruthven Barracks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Plodda Falls (in Tomich), River Rafting & Tubing (in Aviemore) and The Falls of Foyers (in Foyers). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dornoch Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), and sample the fine beverages at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Inverness trip maker website .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Inverness are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Kirkwall.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aviemore, The Falls of Foyers, Plodda Falls, Dornoch Beach, Eilean Donan Castle
Highlights from your plan
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

2
nights
Kirkwall, United Kingdom

Kirkwall ©
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands of Scotland. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Magnus Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, then steep yourself in history at Barony Mill, then step off the mainland to explore Brough Of Birsay, and finally delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Stromness Museum, shop like a local with Pier Arts Centre, then steep yourself in history at Skara Brae, and finally take an in-depth tour of Broch of Gurness.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kirkwall day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Kirkwall takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Kirkwall

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Stromness, Birsay, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre, Broch of Gurness
Highlights from your plan
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre ©
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre

1
night
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museum nan Eilean, then explore the ancient world of Callanish Standing Stones, then steep yourself in history at Norse Mill and Kiln, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach). Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St Moluag's Episcopal Church, then don't miss a visit to Tiumpan Head Lighthouse, then view the masterpieces at Morven Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Blue Pig Studio.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Kirkwall to Isle of Lewis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Isle of Lewis, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Llandudno.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Beaches Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones
St Moluag's Episcopal Church ©
St Moluag's Episcopal Church
Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach) ©
Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach)

4
nights
Llandudno, United Kingdom

Llandudno ©
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Let the collections at Conwy Castle and Plas Glyn y Weddw capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Caernarfon Castle and Plas Mawr. Venture out of the city with trips to National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll), Barmouth Beach (in Barmouth) and Harlech (Harlech Beach & Harlech Castle). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Great Orme, stroll through West Shore Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Rock Sands, and explore the historical opulence of Criccieth Castle.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Llandudno online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Isle of Lewis to Llandudno takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, car, and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Llandudno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Conwy, Harlech, Dolbadarn Castle, Plas Glyn y Weddw, Dinas Dinlle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Plas Mawr ©
Plas Mawr
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle

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.
On the 28th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, then play a few rounds at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club, and then get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Haynes International Motor Museum and then delve into the distant past at Stonehenge.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bath online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Llandudno to Bath by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Swanage.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Haynes International Motor Museum, Castle Combe Village, Chipping Sodbury Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Haynes International Motor Museum ©
Haynes International Motor Museum
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village

3
nights
Swanage, United Kingdom

Swanage ©
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. Corfe Castle and Model Village Gardens & Cafe will appeal to history buffs. The Tank Museum and Corfe Castle Town Trust Museum will appeal to museum buffs. When in Swanage, make a side trip to see Lulworth Cove in West Lulworth, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey World, look for gifts at Lucy's Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shell Bay, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Swanage holiday planner.

You can drive from Bath to Swanage in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Swanage

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Wareham, Lulworth Cove
Highlights from your plan
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
The Tank Museum ©
The Tank Museum
Monkey World ©
Monkey World

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Portchester Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mottisfont Abbey and Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson. Explore Portsmouth's surroundings by going to Mudeford Quay (in Highcliffe), Petworth House and Park (in Petworth) and Bosham Quay (in Bosham). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at West Wittering Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Portsmouth trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Swanage to Portsmouth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Portsmouth, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to London.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mudeford Quay, Bosham Quay, West Wittering Beach, Portchester Castle, Petworth House and Park
Highlights from your plan
Mudeford Quay ©
Mudeford Quay
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson ©
Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Camber Sands and Bodiam Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament. Change things up with these side-trips from London: The Hawking Centre (in Doddington), Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (in Rye) and The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum, and take a stroll through Old Town Hastings.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the London holiday planner.

You can drive from Portsmouth to London in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodiam Castle, Old Town Hastings, The Big Cat Sanctuary, Camber Sands, The Hawking Centre
Highlights from your plan
Camber Sands ©
Camber Sands
Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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