21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
3
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
bus + train:  5​h
6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Torc Waterfall and Ladies' View. Take a break from the city and head to Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Skyline Gallery (in Kenmare) and Glengarriff Nature Reserve (in Glengarriff).

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney holiday site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Killarney is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May: high temperatures in Killarney hover around 17°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Skyline Gallery, Glengarriff Nature Reserve
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dublin Zoo, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and then enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Killarney to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Killarney in May, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Dublin. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Portmarnock Beach
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Portmarnock Beach ©
Portmarnock Beach
Jameson Distillery Bow St. ©
Jameson Distillery Bow St.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ballywalter Beach and Kiltonga Wildlife Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tollymore National Outdoor Centre and Ballygally Beach. When in Belfast, make a side trip to see Portavoe Reservoir in Groomsport, approximately 34 minutes away. It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Belfast itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Belfast sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballywalter Beach, Portavoe Reservoir, Ballygally Beach, Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Kiltonga Wildlife Reserve
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Tollymore National Outdoor Centre ©
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
Portavoe Reservoir ©
Portavoe Reservoir
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

3
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): head outdoors with Causeway Coastal Route, enjoy the sand and surf at Ballycastle Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunseverick Falls. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Downhill Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bushfoot Strand.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bushmills road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Bushmills takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bushmills can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballycastle Beach, Downhill Beach
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Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Downhill Beach ©
Downhill Beach

4
nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Neist Point and Sound of Sleat Beach. Get outdoors at The Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), enjoy the sand and surf at Bearreraig Bay, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Praban na Linne - The Gaelic Whiskies, and admire the sheer force of RHA Waterfall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Isle of Skye trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Bushmills to Isle of Skye in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Isle of Skye when traveling from Bushmills in May, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Beaches
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Neist Point ©
Neist Point
Quiraing (Hill Walk) ©
Quiraing (Hill Walk)
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Edinburgh Zoo. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and then explore the striking landscape at Calton Hill.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Edinburgh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In May in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill
The Scotch Whisky Experience ©
The Scotch Whisky Experience
St Giles' Cathedral ©
St Giles' Cathedral

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Brighton Palace Pier and then enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Pavilion and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Lanes.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the London trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in London are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in London

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Brighton and Hove
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
The Lanes ©
The Lanes
Speed Boats Tours

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