28 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

28 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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28 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly + Drive:  14 h 15 min
1
Holyhead, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Ullapool, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Durness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
8
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

4
nights
Holyhead, United Kingdom

Holyhead
Holyhead is the largest town in the county of Isle of Anglesey in Wales. Get some cultural insight at Caernarfon Castle and St. Cybi Church. Popular historic sites such as Bryn Celli Ddu and Penmon Point are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Holyhead: Traeth Lligwy (in Moelfre) and Newborough Beach (in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Traeth Crigyll and stroll through Traeth Mawr Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Holyhead vacation planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Holyhead is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Holyhead can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ullapool.

Things to do in Holyhead

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Penmon Point, Traeth Crigyll, Traeth Lligwy, Bryn Celli Ddu, Traeth Mawr
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Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Llanddwyn Beach ©
Llanddwyn Beach
Traeth Crigyll ©
Traeth Crigyll

3
nights
Ullapool, United Kingdom

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Explore hidden gems such as Clachtoll Beach Campsite and The Minch. Get outdoors at Falls of Kirkaig and Inverpolly Nature Reserve. Go for a jaunt from Ullapool to Lochinver to see Achmelvich Beach about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at An Talla Solais.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ullapool vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Holyhead to Ullapool takes 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ullapool when traveling from Holyhead in April, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Achmelvich Beach, Falls of Kirkaig
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Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve

3
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get in touch with nature at Balnakeil Bay and Oldshoremore Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sango Bay and Durness Golf Club. Take a break from Durness with a short trip to Sandwood Bay Beach in Kinlochbervie, about 34 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Durness itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ullapool to Durness in 2 hours. In May in Durness, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kinlochbervie
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Sango Bay ©
Sango Bay

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin and Hillside Path. Get some cultural insight at Glen Strathfarrar and Nigg Old Church. When in Inverness, make a side trip to see Nairn Beach in Nairn, approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Cairngorms National Park. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Robertsons, enjoy the sand and surf at Rosemarkie Beach, and hike along Loch Affric Circular Walk.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Durness to Inverness in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Beauly, Hillside Path, Cairngorms National Park, Nairn Beach, Nigg Old Church
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Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Cairngorms National Park ©
Cairngorms National Park

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Royal Mile and Royal Yacht Britannia. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, steep yourself in history at Georgian House, get great views at Calton Hill, and ponder the world of politics at The Scottish Parliament.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College Dublin. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like James Joyce Cultural Centre and Dublin Castle. There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Old Jameson Distillery, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Edinburgh to Dublin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May in Dublin, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Galway holiday planner.

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Galway

Nature Parks
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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tower of London and Natural History Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get interesting insight from Free Tours of London, take an in-depth tour of Churchill War Rooms, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds London.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the London itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Galway to London takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

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