17 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

17 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
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Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Glasgow is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at The Glasgow School of Art.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Glasgow travel site.

Toronto, Canada to Glasgow is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In May, Glasgow is little chillier than Toronto - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Stirling.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping
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Stirling, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Stirling is a city in central Scotland. To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Stirling holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Stirling takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stirling

Side Trip

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to The Royal Mile, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh day trip app.

Traveling by car from Stirling to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Dublin, Ireland

— 1 night

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 20th (Fri), don't miss a visit to The Spire.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Dublin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May in Dublin, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cork trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Cork takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Galway.

Things to do in Cork

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Galway, Ireland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, explore the galleries of Galway City Museum, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and finally stroll around Eyre Square.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Galway visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Derry, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Maiden City

Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Columb's Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Derry trip maker.

Getting from Galway to Derry by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Derry can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
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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.
Explore Belfast's surroundings by going to Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge (in Ballintoy) and Coast Rd (in Larne). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Belfast vacation maker website.

Getting from Derry to Belfast by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Belfast sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

Explore Dublin further: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, don't miss a visit to Merrion Square, steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin driving holiday planning tool.

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 30th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.

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.