52 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

52 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Fly to Edinburgh, Train to Inverness
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Pitlochry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Hexham, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Newquay, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cashel, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Augustus Abbey and Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop. Clava Cairns and Eilean Donan Castle will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenfiddich Distillery (in Dufftown), Nairn Beach (in Nairn) and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, steep yourself in history at Fort George, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Inverness trip planning website.

Chicago, USA to Inverness is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Inverness due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Pitlochry, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. The Glenturret Distillery and Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Scottish Crannog Centre and Holy Trinity Episcopal Churchyard. Go for a jaunt from Pitlochry to Errol to see Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, take an in-depth tour of Atholl Country Life Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mary's Chapel.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pitlochry trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Pitlochry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Greyfriars Kirk and The Old Town Jail. Greyfriars Kirkyard and St Andrews Links will appeal to history buffs. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to Bamburgh Castle (in Bamburgh), Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Doune Castle (in Doune). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Forth Road Bridge, wander the streets of Buchanan Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Andrews Cathedral, and make a trip to National Wallace Monument.

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You can take a train from Pitlochry to Edinburgh in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hexham.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Hexham, United Kingdom

— 5 nights
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. Visit Long Meg and her Daughters and St Oswald's Church for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Allout Adventures and Temple of Mithras. Change things up with these side-trips from Hexham: Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge (in Gilsland), Spas (in Dalbeattie) and Cawfields Roman Wall (in Haltwhistle). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Brocolitia, explore the striking landscape of Northumberland National Park, explore the ancient world of Black Middens Bastle House, and steep yourself in history at Blanchland Abbey.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hexham online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Edinburgh to Hexham in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hexham can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Hexham

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Caernarfon, United Kingdom

— 5 nights
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Your inner history buff will appreciate Marble Church and Cae'r Gors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caernarfon Town Walls and Beddgelert. Take a break from Caernarfon with a short trip to Llanbadrig Church in Cemaes Bay, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Gelert's Grave, appreciate the history behind Sir Hugh Owen Statue, examine the collection at Tacla Taid - Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum and cafe, and learn about all things military at The Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum.

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

Traveling by train from Hexham to Caernarfon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Caernarfon are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to Bath.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bath, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Castle Combe Village and Avebury Manor will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Goodrich Castle and West Kennet Long Barrow. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: The Bishop's Palace and Gardens (in Wells), St Arild's Church (in Didmarton) and Lacock Abbey (in Lacock). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Raglan Castle, examine the collection at Beckford's Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sherborne Abbey, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Church Without.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bath sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Caernarfon to Bath in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

— 6 nights
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. Get some historical perspective at The Minster Church of St Cuthburga and The Parish Church of St Thomas and St Edmund. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alum Chine Beach and Lulworth Castle & Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bournemouth: Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum (in Wareham), Winchester (Wolvesey Castle & Hospital of St Cross) and Holy Trinity Church (in Bosham). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Boscombe Chine Gardens, explore the ancient world of Hambledon Hill, contemplate the long history of Danebury Iron Age Hillfort, and kick back and relax at Mudeford Sandbank Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Bournemouth tour itinerary app.

You can take a train from Bath to Bournemouth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bournemouth can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Newquay.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Newquay, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Surf Capital of the UK

Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jungle Jack's and Moretonhampstead Motor Museum. St. Mawgan Church and St. Senara Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Newquay side-trips: Carn Euny Ancient Village (in Brane), St. Enodoc Church (in Trebetherick) and Sancreed Church (in Sancreed). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Newquay Beach, admire the striking features of The Oxenham Arms and South Zeal Standing Stone Dartmoor Devon, go for a walk through South West Coast Path Walk - Newquay's Twin Headlands from Newquay Station, and find something for the whole family at Asylum Entertainment.

Before you visit Newquay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Bournemouth to Newquay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cork.

Things to do in Newquay

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cork, Ireland

— 2 nights

Rebel City

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.
On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Owenahincha Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Timoleague Franciscan Friary.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Newquay to Cork takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Cork sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): try to win big at Killarney Races, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Falconry Kerry, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Killarney Falconry. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Moll's Gap, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Killarney tour builder tool.

Traveling by train from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Killarney sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cashel.

Things to do in Killarney

Wildlife · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games
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Cashel, Ireland

— 2 nights
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): pause for some serene contemplation at Kilcooley Abbey, appreciate the history behind Ahenny High Crosses, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Declan's Way. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard, then get engrossed in the history at Fethard Horse Country Experience, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hall of the Vicars Choral.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cashel trip builder.

You can take a train from Killarney to Cashel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cashel can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Cashel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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 19th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach, then explore the galleries of 14 Henrietta Street, and then contemplate the long history of Hill of Tara (Temair). On your second day here, contemplate the long history of The Mill at Avoca Village and then visit a coastal fixture at Poolbeg Lighthouse.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Dublin road trip planner.

Take a train from Cashel to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cashel in April, Dublin is little chillier at night with lows of 37°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:

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.

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.