26 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

26 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Charlotte, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train
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York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dublin vacation planning site.

Brisbane, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Colclough Walled Garden (in Saltmills), Tintern Abbey (in Wexford) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, walk around Kilfane Waterfall and Glen, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, and get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive 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 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, head off the coast to Spike Island, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cork trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Cork are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
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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 16th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. On your second day here, look for gifts at Lorge Chocolatier, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then go for a walk through Muckross House.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.
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Liscannor, Ireland — 2 nights

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen, walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kilkee Cliff Walk, then head off the coast to Scattery Island, and then kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Liscannor travel route builder site.

You can drive from Killarney to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 2 nights

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 20th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave and then identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Galway road trip app.

Drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Galway sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Port Charlotte.
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Port Charlotte, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stop by Islay Celtic Craft Shop, enjoy the sea views from Rhinns of Islay Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at Harbor, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Machir Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Loch Indaal, sample the fine beverages at Bruichladdich Distillery, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Islay Life.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Charlotte journey site.

Traveling by car from Galway to Port Charlotte takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, browse the exhibits of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner.

You can drive from Port Charlotte to Edinburgh in 6.5 hours. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to York.
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York, United Kingdom — 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Beacon Alpacas in Husthwaite (about 38 minutes away). Pack the 30th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at York Maze. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for all kinds of wild species at York Bird of Prey Centre, and admire the striking features of York Minster.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our York day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to York takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in York, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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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.
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