18 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Guinness Storehouse and Glendalough Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Wicklow Mountains National Park and Vagabond Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry), Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (in Dalkey) and Cliff Walk Car Park Bray (in Bray). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street, and don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dublin route planner.

Saint Louis, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Dublin is 6 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Saint Louis in June: highs in Dublin hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Galway, Ireland

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ireland's School of Falconry and Ashford Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Cliffs of Moher and Hag's Head. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Oughterard (Glengowla Mines & Aughnanure Castle), Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong) and Burren way (in Liscannor). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and explore the historical opulence of Athenry Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planning app.

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

Cork, Ireland

— 2 nights

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 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, steep yourself in history at James Fort, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Multose Church. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, then contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork trip builder.

You can drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grassmarket and Holyrood Abbey. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Craigmillar Castle, admire the striking features of Greyfriars Kirk, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cork to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
On the 18th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Plockton Harbour and then get a dose of the wild on Plockton Seal Trips. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Talisker Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Black Cuillin.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye travel route app.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at Highland Malt Whisky Experience, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inverness Cathedral, then get outside with Northern Meeting Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Clava Cairns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): race across the water with a speed boat tour, contemplate the long history of Beauly Priory, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rosemarkie Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planner.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Inverness are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.

United Kingdom travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
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.