40 days in Ireland & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Ennis, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Lerwick, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
— 16 nights
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Llandeilo, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Harlech, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Holyhead, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights

Fair City

On the 14th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, then get engrossed in the history at The Little Museum of Dublin, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and finally make a trip to Merrion Square.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dublin road trip planner.

Bangor, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Bangor in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Waterford.
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Waterford, Ireland — 2 nights

On the 16th (Mon), stroll through Waterford Greenway, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Viking Sword & Longboat, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, step aboard Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Loftus Hall.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Waterford travel route planner.

Take a train from Dublin to Waterford in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Waterford are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ennis.
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Ennis, Ireland — 1 night

On the 18th (Wed), examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, stroll around Burren National Park, then admire the striking features of Ennis Friary, and finally sample some tasty brews at Ollie's Tours - Doolin.

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Getting from Waterford to Ennis by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Ennis, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 2 nights

City of the Tribes

Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Galway planning tool.

You can drive from Ennis to Galway in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Ennis in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Galway: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sligo.
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Sligo, Ireland — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Voya Seaweed Baths. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum & Railway Memorabilia, then delve into the distant past at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, then stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Glencar Waterfall.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sligo tour planning website.

Traveling by bus from Galway to Sligo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 1 night

Fair City

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dublin Zoo, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Dublin planning website.

Traveling by train from Sligo to Dublin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Aberdeen.
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Flower of Scotland

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): walk around David Welch Winter Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aberdeen trip planning website.

Getting from Dublin to Aberdeen by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In January in Aberdeen, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lerwick.
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Lerwick, United Kingdom — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Shetland Museum and Archives, then contemplate the waterfront views at Clickimin Broch, and then examine the collection at Scalloway Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lerwick trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Lerwick takes 12.5 hours. Traveling from Aberdeen in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lerwick, with lows of 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Kirkwall.
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kirkwall trip site.

Traveling by journey from Lerwick to Kirkwall takes 8.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kirkwall are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to Bristol.
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Bristol, United Kingdom — 16 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Bristol: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), Bourton-on-the-Water (Bourton On The Water Cemetery & Birdland) and Bath (The Jane Austen Centre, The Roman Baths, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Stonehenge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Gloucester Cathedral, and gain some tasty knowledge on Shakespeare Distillery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bristol attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Kirkwall to Bristol takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll set off for Llandeilo on the 11th (Sat).
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Llandeilo, United Kingdom — 6 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Llanelli (Llanelly House & Millennium Coastal Park), Red Kite Sculpture (in Llanwrtyd Wells) and Llanerchaeron (in Aberaeron).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Llandeilo tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Bristol to Llandeilo in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Llandeilo can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Harlech.
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Harlech, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Tanwg's Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Harlech Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Tanwg's Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Harlech Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at The Cob, don't miss a visit to Portmeirion Village, then enjoy the sand and surf at Criccieth Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Llandeilo to Harlech. In February, daily temperatures in Harlech can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
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Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom — 1 night

On the 19th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. David's Church, and then identify plant and animal life at Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Blaenau Ffestiniog trip itinerary planning website.

Blaenau Ffestiniog is just a short distance from Harlech. In February, daytime highs in Blaenau Ffestiniog are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Holyhead.
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Holyhead, United Kingdom — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve, then take in panoramic vistas at South Stack Lighthouse, then look for gifts at Chocolate Box Siocled, and finally take in the views from Menai Suspension Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Holyhead travel planner.

You can drive from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Holyhead in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Holyhead sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 1 night

Fair City

Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Christ Church Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Holyhead to Dublin in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling 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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