52 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

52 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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52 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Hexham, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Train:  7​h 15​min
5
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Train:  7​h
6
Bath, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
7
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Newquay, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
10
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
11
Cashel, Ireland
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
12
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Clava Cairns and Fort Augustus Abbey. Do some cultural sightseeing at Glenfiddich Distillery and Culloden Battlefield. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Nairn Beach (in Nairn), Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh) and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort George.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Inverness trip itinerary maker site .

Chicago, USA to Inverness is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Inverness is 6 hours. In March in Inverness, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Nairn Beach, Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Fort Augustus Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

3
nights
Pitlochry, United Kingdom

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines and Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery. Popular historic sites such as Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens and Holy Trinity Episcopal Churchyard are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Pitlochry: The Scottish Crannog Centre (in Kenmore) and The Glenturret Distillery (in Crieff). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Atholl Country Life Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mary's Chapel, and sample the fine beverages at Blair Athol Distillery.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pitlochry sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by train from Inverness to Pitlochry takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Glenturret Distillery, Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines
Highlights from your plan
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines ©
Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines

6
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Greyfriars Kirkyard and St Andrews Links are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Old Town Jail and Clackmannan Parish Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin), Bamburgh Castle (in Bamburgh) and Doune Castle (in Doune). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Andrews Cathedral, take a stroll through Buchanan Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Alnwick Garden, and admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Edinburgh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hexham.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Stirling, St. Andrews, The Alnwick Garden, Cragside House and Gardens, Clackmannan Parish Church
Highlights from your plan
Greyfriars Kirk ©
Greyfriars Kirk
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

5
nights
Hexham, United Kingdom

Hexham ©
Hexham is a market town and civil parish in Northumberland, England, south of the River Tyne, and was the administrative centre for the Tynedale district from 1974 to 2009. New Abbey Corn Mill and The Temple of Mithras are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Allout Adventures and Brocolitia. Explore Hexham's surroundings by going to Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge (in Gilsland), Cawfields Roman Wall (in Haltwhistle) and Long Meg and her Daughters (in Penrith). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Temple of Mithras, steep yourself in history at Hexham Old Gaol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Oswald's Church, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hexham online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Edinburgh to Hexham in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Hexham are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Hexham

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

John Paul Jones Birthplace Cottage & Museum, Long Meg and her Daughters, Blanchland Abbey, Spas, Cawfields Roman Wall
Highlights from your plan
Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge ©
Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge
New Abbey Corn Mill ©
New Abbey Corn Mill

5
nights
Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cae'r Gors and Eglwys y Santes Fair. Explore hidden gems such as Gypsy Wood Park and The Presbyterian Church of Wales, Castle Square. Explore Caernarfon's surroundings by going to Marble Church (in Bodelwyddan), Llanbadrig Church (in Cemaes Bay) and Traeth Mawr (in Aberffraw). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gelert's Grave, learn about all things military at The Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum, appreciate the history behind Statue of David Lloyd Geroge, and see the interesting displays at Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Caernarfon trip builder app .

Drive from Hexham to Caernarfon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Caernarfon sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Traeth Mawr, Llanbadrig Church, Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe, Marble Church
Highlights from your plan
Beddgelert ©
Beddgelert
Llanbadrig Church ©
Llanbadrig Church

6
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Get some cultural insight at Castle Combe Village and Raglan Castle. Popular historic sites such as Sherborne Abbey and Avebury Manor are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to The Bishop's Palace and Gardens (in Wells), St Arild's Church (in Didmarton) and Lacock Abbey (in Lacock). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Goodrich Castle, take an in-depth tour of Sally Lunn's Museum, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael with St. Paul, and examine the collection at Beckford's Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bath trip builder website .

You can drive from Caernarfon to Bath in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Avebury, Castle Combe Village, Saint Bartholomew's Church, The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Sherborne Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Castle Combe Village ©
Castle Combe Village
Sherborne Abbey ©
Sherborne Abbey
Raglan Castle ©
Raglan Castle

6
nights
Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Bournemouth ©
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. Richmond Hill St Andrews Church and Hambledon Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Danebury Iron Age Hillfort and Holy Trinity Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bournemouth side-trips: Lulworth Castle & Park (in East Lulworth), Winchester (Wolvesey Castle & Hospital of St Cross) and Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum (in Wareham). There's much more to do: have a few drinks at The Wight Bear, pause for some serene contemplation at The Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund, take in nature's colorful creations at Boscombe Chine Gardens, and kick back and relax at Alum Chine Beach.

For more things to do, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bournemouth trip planner.

Getting from Bath to Bournemouth by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Bournemouth are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Newquay.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Winchester, Lulworth Castle & Park, Hambledon Hill, Danebury Iron Age Hillfort, The Minster Church of St Cuthburga
Highlights from your plan
The Minster Church of St Cuthburga ©
The Minster Church of St Cuthburga
Hambledon Hill ©
Hambledon Hill
Lulworth Castle & Park ©
Lulworth Castle & Park

6
nights
Newquay, United Kingdom

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
Get some historical perspective at Carn Euny Ancient Village and St. Mawgan Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Enodoc Church and Sancreed Church. Explore Newquay's surroundings by going to The Oxenham Arms and South Zeal Menhir Dartmoor Devon (in South Zeal), St. Senara Church (in Zennor) and St. Pancras Church (in Widecombe in the Moor). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Newquay Beach, get in on the family fun at Asylum Entertainment, stroll through Whipsiderry Beach, and look for gifts at Roly's Fudge Pantry Newquay.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Newquay trip planner.

Getting from Bournemouth to Newquay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cork.

Things to do in Newquay

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carn Euny Ancient Village, Lostwithiel Museum, St. Enodoc Church, Moretonhampstead Motor Museum, Sancreed Church
Highlights from your plan
St. Enodoc Church ©
St. Enodoc Church
Carn Euny Ancient Village ©
Carn Euny Ancient Village

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Owenahincha Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Timoleague Franciscan Friary.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cork trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Newquay to Cork takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Cork are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Timoleague Franciscan Friary, Owenahincha Beach, Blacks Brewery, St Colman’s Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church
St Colman’s Cathedral ©
St Colman’s Cathedral

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 15th (Wed), bet on a winner at Killarney Races, then look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry, and then visit Killarney Falconry. On your second day here, get great views at Moll's Gap, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Killarney are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cashel.

Things to do in Killarney

Casinos Fun & Games Spas
Highlights from your plan
Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
Spas
St. Mary's Church of Ireland ©
St. Mary's Church of Ireland

2
nights
Cashel, Ireland

Cashel ©
A tiny settlement rich in history, Cashel maintains the old-fashioned charm of a small market town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Kilcooley Abbey, then pause for some photo ops at Ahenny High Crosses, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Declan's Way. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard, then get your bearings at Fethard Horse Country Experience, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hall of the Vicars Choral.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cashel trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Killarney to Cashel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Cashel sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Cashel

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tipperary, Fethard Horse Country Experience, Kilcooley Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Kilcooley Abbey ©
Kilcooley Abbey
Hall of the Vicars Choral ©
Hall of the Vicars Choral
St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Portmarnock Beach, steep yourself in history at 14 Henrietta Street, and then contemplate the long history of Hill of Tara (Temair). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Mill at Avoca Village and then enjoy the sea views from Poolbeg Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Cashel to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cashel in April, Dublin is little chillier at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Hill of Tara (Temair), Portmarnock Beach, The Mill at Avoca Village
Highlights from your plan
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
The Mill at Avoca Village ©
The Mill at Avoca Village
Hill of Tara (Temair) ©
Hill of Tara (Temair)

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