24 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

24 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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24 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Limerick, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Castlebar, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Achill Island, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
14
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
Castletown, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

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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 4th (Fri), don't miss a visit to The Spire, then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, and finally make a trip to Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, then get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip app .

Vancouver, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Dublin when traveling from Vancouver in September, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Dublin

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

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge, then step into the grandiose world of Dublin Castle, then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and finally stroll around Phoenix Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dublin journey app .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle
Jameson Distillery Bow St. ©
Jameson Distillery Bow St.

1
night
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, contemplate the long history of Rothe House and Garden, stroll through Kilkenny Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny itinerary builder website .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden

1
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Waterford, Ireland

Waterford
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Waterford journey planner .

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Waterford in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Outdoors Nightlife Parks
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Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
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 8th (Tue): hunt for treasures at The English Market, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and then step off the mainland to explore Spike Island. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cork trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Waterford to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Titanic Experience Cobh, Charles Fort
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

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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 10th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

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Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then head outdoors with Slea Head Drive.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Limerick, Ireland

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Limerick trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Limerick sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral

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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 13th (Sun): walk around Eyre Square.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway day trip planning site .

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Galway, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Castlebar.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Eyre Square ©
Eyre Square

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Castlebar, Ireland

Castlebar ©
Castlebar is the county town of County Mayo, Ireland. On the 14th (Mon), get a taste of life in the country at Jacks Old Cottage.

Planning Castlebar trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Galway to Castlebar in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Castlebar are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Castlebar

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Western Greenway
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The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

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nights
Achill Island, Ireland

Achill Island
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Achill Island: Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre (in Ballycroy) and Ceathru Thaidhg (in Belmullet). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Dugort Beach, stroll through Keel Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Minaun.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Achill Island online road trip planner .

Getting from Castlebar to Achill Island by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Westport, Ceathru Thaidhg
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Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village

2
nights
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeats's Grave.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Sligo travel route app .

Drive from Achill Island to Sligo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yeats's Grave, Mountshannon Eagles
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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
The Cat and Moon ©
The Cat and Moon

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Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
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 21st (Mon), appreciate the history behind Hands Across the Divide Monument, snap pictures at Peace bridge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Guildhall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Derry online travel route planner .

You can drive from Sligo to Derry in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites
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City Walls ©
City Walls
Peace bridge ©
Peace bridge
Guildhall ©
Guildhall

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Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Wall. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, then get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Belfast day trip website .

Drive from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Belfast are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Castletown.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Parliament Buildings ©
Parliament Buildings
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
City Hall ©
City Hall

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Castletown, United Kingdom

Castletown ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Isle of Man Steam Railway, admire the landmark architecture of Castletown Railway Station, and then explore the historical opulence of Castle Rushen. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Lupus, Kirk Malew, don't miss a visit to The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail, and then admire the striking features of Yn Thie Thooit.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Castletown trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Castletown takes 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Castletown

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Douglas, The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail, Yn Thie Thooit
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Castle Rushen ©
Castle Rushen
Isle of Man Steam Railway ©
Isle of Man Steam Railway
The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail ©

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