55 days in United Kingdom, Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

55 days in United Kingdom, Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

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55 days in United Kingdom, Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Bath, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
train:  2​h
5
York, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
taxi + ferry:  4​h 15​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h
10
Vik, Iceland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  10​h
End: Washington DC, United States

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Let the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland capture your imagination. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and explore the fascinating landscape at The Marshmallow Lady.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip maker tool .

Washington DC, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 12-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Dalhousie Castle Falconry
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

6
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some historical perspective at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Culloden Battlefield. Get outdoors at Aigas Field Centre and Dornoch Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Dornoch (Royal Dornoch Golf Club & Dornoch Cathedral), RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and Aviemore (Loch Morlich & The Potting Shed Tearoom Inshriach). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Loch Garten Nature Reserve, choose your vessel at Caley Cruises, stroll through Nairn Beach, and experience rural life at Working Sheepdogs.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness journey maker tool .

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Bath.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Aviemore, Dornoch, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Aigas Field Centre
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Loch Morlich ©
Loch Morlich
Rosemarkie Beach ©
Rosemarkie Beach

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.
Visiting Somerset Crafts and S&D Falconry will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Roman Baths and American Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bath side-trips: The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes), Stonehenge (in Amesbury) and Octavia's Bookshop (in Cirencester). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Crickley Hill, look for gifts at Cotswold Lavender, pause for some serene contemplation at St Oswald's Church, and hunt for treasures at Pulteney Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Bath trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Inverness to Bath takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Avebury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cirencester, Somerset Crafts, St Peter's Church
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range

7
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Natural History Museum and British Museum. Do your shopping at Harrods and Piccadilly Circus. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, don't miss a visit to Tower of London, and brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the London vacation site .

Traveling by train from Bath to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Durham Heritage Coast and Filey Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Railway Museum and York Castle Museum. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Walworth Castle Birds of Prey (in Walworth), Kennedys Fine Chocolates (in Orton) and National Centre for Birds of Prey (in Helmsley). Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at York Maze. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at York Bird of Prey Centre, look for gifts at The Imaginarium, don't miss a visit to York City Walls, and take a stroll through York Shambles.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the York itinerary maker .

Getting from London to York by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in York are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Llandudno.

Things to do in York

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kennedys Fine Chocolates, Durham Heritage Coast, National Centre for Birds of Prey, Filey Beach, Walworth Castle Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
York Bird of Prey Centre ©
York Bird of Prey Centre
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
Walworth Castle Birds of Prey ©
Walworth Castle Birds of Prey

5
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. Popular historic sites such as Plas Mawr and Smallest House in Britain are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve and Dinas Dinlle Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Llandudno side-trips: Harlech Beach (in Harlech), Zip World Fforest (in Betws-y-Coed) and The Gift Shop (in Dinas Dinlle). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Aber Falls, find something for the whole family at GreenWood Forest Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Criccieth Beach, and kick back and relax at Angel Bay.

Discover how to plan a Llandudno trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from York to Llandudno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Llandudno can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Llandudno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Conwy, Criccieth, Dinas Dinlle, Zip World Fforest, GreenWood Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve ©
Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve
Harlech Beach ©
Harlech Beach
Dragon Raiders Activity Park ©
Dragon Raiders Activity Park

6
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 Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Grafton Street and Ferns Castle. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny--about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, and examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Llandudno to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kilkenny Castle, Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Michael Davitt Museum and Craggaunowen. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Burren Perfumery and Charlie Byrne's Bookshop. Venture out of the city with trips to Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), The Burren Smokehouse, (in Lisdoonvarna) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). Spend the 24th (Sat) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud, and explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galway trip planning site .

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Ballintubber Abbey, Drummindoo Stud, Cliffs of Moher
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren National Park ©
Burren National 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Inch Beach and Glanteenassig Wood. Change things up with a short trip to Glentenassig Forest in Castlegregory (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Killarney journey maker website .

Traveling by car from Galway to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Vik.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Castlegregory, Conor Pass, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass

1
day
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
On the 28th (Wed), stroll through Black Sand Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reynisfjara Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vik road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Killarney to Vik in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Killarney in August, things will get little chillier in Vik: highs are around 54°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Reynisfjara Beach ©
Reynisfjara Beach
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. Hallgrimskirkja and National Museum of Iceland are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Reykjavik with a short trip to Thingvellir National Park in Thingvellir, about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the galleries of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Vik to Reykjavik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach ©
Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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