58 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

58 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Thurso, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Drive to Aberdeen Dyce Airport, Fly to Kirkwall Airport, Drive to Stromness
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Stromness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kirkwall Airport, Fly to Inverness Airport, Drive to Ullapool
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Ullapool, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Drive to Inverness Airport, Fly to Glasgow International Airport, Drive to Isle of Skye
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Braithwaite, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Armagh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dungiven, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Donegal Town, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh journey planning app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Aberdeen, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Flower of Scotland

The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
When in Aberdeen, make a side trip to see Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, approximately Stonehaven away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Aberdeen Art Gallery, stroll around David Welch Winter Gardens, wander the streets of Footdee (Fittie), and examine the collection at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aberdeen holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Aberdeen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Aberdeen can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thurso.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Thurso, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Dunnet Head Lighthouse and then get great views at Dunnet Head.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Thurso travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aberdeen to Thurso in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Thurso sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Stromness.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stromness, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Brough Of Birsay, admire the striking features of Skaill House, delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Orkney Brewery, then explore the ancient world of Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, and then stop by ArtWorks of the Earth.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Stromness road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Thurso to Stromness with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Stromness are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ullapool.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Ullapool, United Kingdom

— 5 nights
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Venture out of the city with trips to Durness (Durness Beach & Smoo Cave) and Falls of Shin (in Lairg). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, trek along Ullapool Hill, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, and stop by Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ullapool road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stromness to Ullapool. In December, daytime highs in Ullapool are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Change things up with these side-trips from Isle of Skye: Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh), Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk (in Drumbuie) and Plockton Harbour (in Plockton). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Talisker Distillery, snap pictures at Sligachan Old Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Cath Waters Scottish Landscape Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ullapool to Isle of Skye. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Explore Glasgow's surroundings by going to Stirling (St Mary's Catholic Church, Stirling Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Glasgow Cenotaph, and stroll the grounds of The Necropolis.

To find out how to plan a trip to Glasgow, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Glasgow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Glasgow are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dumfries.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Dumfries, United Kingdom

— 5 nights
Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gretna Gateway Outlet Village (in Gretna), Carlisle Cathedral (in Carlisle) and Walby Farm Park (in Crosby on Eden). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura, see the interesting displays at Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at River Nith, and relax in the rural setting at Mabie Farm Park.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dumfries holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Dumfries takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dumfries can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Braithwaite.

Things to do in Dumfries

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Braithwaite, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
Braithwaite is a village in the northern Lake District, in Cumbria, England. Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Glenridding (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, see the interesting displays at The Puzzling Place, stroll around Hope Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Helvellyn.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Braithwaite attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Dumfries to Braithwaite in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Braithwaite are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Liverpool.

Things to do in Braithwaite

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Liverpool, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Venture out of the city with trips to Eyam Parish Church of St Lawrence (in Eyam), Chester (Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens, Chester Cathedral, &more) and Chatsworth House (in Bakewell). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels, see the interesting displays at Merseyside Maritime Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, and look for gifts at Made-Here Shop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Liverpool vacation builder.

You can drive from Braithwaite to Liverpool in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Liverpool can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Liverpool

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

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 9th (Sun), take in the views from O'Connell Bridge, take a stroll through Temple Bar, then browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, and finally see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., then ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Merrion Square.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

You can fly from Liverpool to Dublin in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Dublin are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Armagh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Armagh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
Armagh is the county town of County Armagh in Northern Ireland, as well as a civil parish. Armagh is known for historic sites, museums, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral (Church of Ireland), examine the collection at Navan Centre & Fort, and look and learn at Armagh Astronomy Centre and Planetarium.

You can plan Armagh trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Dublin to Armagh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. January in Armagh sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Armagh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Belfast to Newtownards to see Mount Stewart about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, experience the excitement of Vertigo Indoor Skydiving, and explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Belfast trip planner.

Drive from Armagh to Belfast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Belfast, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dungiven.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Dungiven, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Dungiven is a small town, townland and civil parish in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): cruise along Manannan Mac Lir, then steep yourself in history at Largantea Picnic Area, then get outside with Gortmore Viewpoint, and finally walk around Roe Valley Country Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dungiven journey maker app.

Getting from Belfast to Dungiven by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Dungiven can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Dungiven

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Donegal Town, Ireland

— 2 nights
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Ballyshannon and District Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Donegal Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Lough Eske. On your second day here, take in the views from Harry Blaney Bridge, don't miss a visit to Hornhead Loop, and then view the masterpieces at The Art House Ireland Art Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Donegal Town route planning app.

Traveling by car from Dungiven to Donegal Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Donegal Town sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Museums · Shopping · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 3 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan) and Corofin (Burren National Park & The Farmyard). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, make a trip to Eyre Square, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, and admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral.

Start your trip to Galway by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Donegal Town to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Donegal Town in January since evenings lows in Galway dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Limerick, Ireland

— 3 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Step out of Limerick to go to Ennis and see Ennis Friary, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, see the interesting displays at Thomond Park Stadium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to The Treaty Stone.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Limerick day trip planning app.

You can drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. January in Limerick sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Keswick travel guide

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World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Keswick is an English market town and civil parish, historically in Cumberland, and since 1974 in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria. The town, in the Lake District National Park, just north of Derwentwater, and 4mi from Bassenthwaite, had a population of 4,821 at the time of the 2011 census.There is considerable evidence of prehistoric occupation of the Keswick area, but the first recorded mention of the town dates from the 13th century, when Edward I of England granted a charter for Keswick's market, which has maintained a continuous 700-year existence. In Tudor times the town was an important mining area, and from the 18th century onwards it has increasingly been known as a holiday centre; tourism has been its principal industry for more than 150 years. Its features include the Moot Hall; a modern theatre, the Theatre by the Lake; one of Britain's oldest surviving cinemas, the Alhambra; and the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery in the town's largest open space, Fitz Park. Among the town's annual events is the Keswick Convention, an Evangelical gathering attracting visitors from many countries.

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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

County Londonderry travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Bridges · History Museums
County Londonderry features numerous scenic riverside settings and several important historical sites. Derry, the county’s biggest city, famous for its ancient defensive walls, served as the UK’s official City of Culture in 2013. The county, steeped in history and proud of its Irish heritage, plays an important role in the cultural revival currently underway in this northern region. Though there’s lots of history to soak up here, the county’s biggest attraction may very well be the locals themselves, well known for their long tradition of witty storytelling. Visit the county’s smaller villages to explore a flourishing music scene, which has found its home in both traditional pubs and trendy new cafes.