15 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

15 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in England, Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
4
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
6
Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Seattle, United States

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then get engrossed in the history at British Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, then ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, then don't miss a visit to Tower of London, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read London travel route planner.

Seattle, USA to London is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Seattle to London. In January, daily temperatures in London can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

2
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the galleries of The Roman Baths, then admire the natural beauty at Longleat, then steep yourself in history at Bath Abbey, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Pulteney Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, then stop by Emma Rose Art Works, and then delve into the distant past at Stonehenge.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bath trip planner .

Getting from London to Bath by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Bath

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Longleat, Stonehenge, Brunel's SS Great Britain
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Longleat ©
Longleat
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Calton Hill, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Real Mary King's Close.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Edinburgh online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Bath to Edinburgh by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isle of Lewis.

Things to do in Edinburgh

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

1
night
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom

Isle of Lewis ©
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stop by The Hebridean Tea Store, look for gifts at The Good Food Boutique, look for gifts at Hebridean Soap Company, then enjoy the sand and surf at Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach), and finally delve into the distant past at Bosta (Bostadh) Iron Age House. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Dalmore Beach, stroll through Dailbeag Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Moluag's Episcopal Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Lewis trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Edinburgh to Isle of Lewis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. January in Isle of Lewis sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Hebridean Soap Company ©
Hebridean Soap Company
Bosta (Bostadh) Iron Age House ©
Bosta (Bostadh) Iron Age House
The Good Food Boutique ©
The Good Food Boutique

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nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for gifts at Skyelark, step into the grandiose world of Dunscaith Castle, then stop by Isle of Skye Candle Company, and finally view the masterpieces at Trotternish Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Skyeworks Gallery, look for gifts at Skye Batiks, then look for gifts at The Isle of Skye Soap Company, then stop by Tippecanoe, and finally kick back and relax at Bearreraig Bay.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Isle of Skye trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Isle of Lewis to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. In January in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Skyelark ©
Skyelark
Dunscaith Castle ©
Dunscaith Castle
Isle of Skye Candle Company ©
Isle of Skye Candle Company

1
night
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Carriganass Castle, look for gifts at Lorge Chocolatier, explore the ancient world of Uragh Stone Circle, then look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop, then stop by Skyline Gallery, and finally stop by Hallisseys.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Killarney driving holiday planner.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Killarney by combination of bus and flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Kenmare, Uragh Stone Circle, Carriganass Castle
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Uragh Stone Circle ©
Uragh Stone Circle
Carriganass Castle ©
Carriganass Castle

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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.
On the 5th (Fri), stop by DesignYard, then wander the streets of Grafton Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, stop by Sheridans, then look for gifts at Cleo Knitwear, and finally shop like a local with Gallery of Photography.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip website .

You can take a train from Killarney to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February in Dublin, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

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