12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

12 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and then wander the streets of Buchanan Street.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Glasgow day trip planning tool.

Austin, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. Traveling from Austin in May, expect Glasgow to be much colder, temps between 59°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Inverness.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 1 night

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eilean Donan Castle as well as Fairy Glen Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Inverness route planner.

Drive from Glasgow to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Inverness, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Cardiff.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
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Cardiff, United Kingdom — 1 night

The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Roman Baths as well as Wales Millennium Centre. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle, see a show at Wales Millennium Centre, and then get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cardiff trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Cardiff in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May in Cardiff, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, stroll around St Stephens Green, and then admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Fly from Cardiff to Dublin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Belfast.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 2 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.
Get outdoors at Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coastal Route. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Belfast online trip planner.

Drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips
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United Kingdom travel guide

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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.

Wales travel guide

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Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.

Ireland travel guide

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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.