23 days in Ireland, Scotland & England Itinerary

23 days in Ireland, Scotland & England Itinerary

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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Kirkwall Airport, Drive to Stromness
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Stromness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Ullapool, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Durness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 2 nights

Marble City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Friary. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hawkeye School of Falconry, and finally get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny road trip tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Kilkenny due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Kilkenny hover around 21°C and lows are around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Stromness.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Stromness, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, admire the landmark architecture of Skaill House, explore the ancient world of Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, then delve into the distant past at Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement, and finally contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ring of Brodgar and then make a trip to Ness of Brodgar.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Stromness trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kilkenny to Stromness with the Route module. Traveling from Kilkenny in July, Stromness is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visit Urquhart Castle and Inverness Cathedral for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Culloden Battlefield and Corrimony Chambered Cairn. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Glen Affric National Nature Reserve (in Cannich) and Aviemore (Loch Morlich & Loch Morlich Watersports). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Clava Cairns, get a new perspective on things with Dolphin Trips Avoch, take in the views from Greig Street Bridge, and tee off at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Inverness online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Stromness to Inverness takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ullapool.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Ullapool, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ardvreck Castle and Ullapool Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Corrieshalloch Gorge and Loch Assynt. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, stroll through Ullapool Hill, look for gifts at Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, and explore the activities along The Minch.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ullapool trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Inverness to Ullapool by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Ullapool can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Durness, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Relax by the water at Durness Beach and Sandwood Bay Beach. Get outdoors at Smoo Cave and Oldshoremore Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach, kick back and relax at Sango Bay, view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, and don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Durness trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Durness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to York.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

York, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

City of Festivals

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Treasurer's House and Helmsley All Saints Church. Get outdoors at York Bird of Prey Centre and Bilsdale Riding Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from York: World of James Herriot (in Thirsk), St Mary's Church (in Scarborough) and Whitby (Church of Saint Mary, Whitby, 199 Steps, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of York City Walls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and contemplate the long history of Merchant Adventurers' Hall.

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Drive from Durness to York in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Durness in July, you will find days in York are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Buckingham Palace and Wallace Collection. Visit Westminster Abbey and The Lanes for their historical value. Explore London's surroundings by going to Brighton (Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Gustamps, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Westminster, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, and admire the landmark architecture of Old Royal Naval College.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the London tour website.

Getting from York to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.