45 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

45 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive
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Oxford, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Bristol, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train to Manchester, Fly to Drumnadrochit
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Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Burren National Park, Ireland
— 1 night
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Inisheer, Ireland
— 1 night
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Westport
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Westport, Ireland
Drive
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Douglas, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Peel, United Kingdom
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
Get out of town with these interesting Brighton and Hove side-trips: Portsmouth (The Mary Rose & Portsmouth Historic Dockyard). There's much more to do: stop by Gustamps, take a leisurely stroll along Brighton Palace Pier, take in panoramic vistas at British Airways i360, and wander the streets of The Lanes.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brighton and Hove tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are London Gatwick Airport, London Heathrow Airport, London City Airport, Southampton Airport, Ebbsfleet International Rail Station, Ashford International Rail Station and London St. Pancras International. In August, daily temperatures in Brighton and Hove can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the London route planner.

Getting from Brighton and Hove to London by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in London sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oxford.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 10:

Oxford, United Kingdom

— 1 night

City of Dreaming Spires

A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then examine the collection at Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, then browse the collection at Bodleian Library, and finally contemplate the long history of Blenheim Palace.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Oxford vacation planner.

You can drive from London to Oxford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from London in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Oxford, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bath.

Things to do in Oxford

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Bath, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bath tour planner.

Traveling by train from Oxford to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You will leave for Bristol on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Bath

Nightlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Bristol, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bristol Cathedral, then examine the collection at Brunel's SS Great Britain, then snap pictures at Clifton Suspension Bridge, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bristol trip builder.

Getting from Bath to Bristol by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cardiff.

Things to do in Bristol

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Cardiff, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

City of Castles

The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cardiff: Rhossili Bay (in Rhossili) and Big Pit National Coal Museum (in Blaenavon). There's still lots to do: get outside with Bay Island Voyages, learn about all things military at Firing Line Museum of The Queen's Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh at Cardiff Castle, take in the waterfront at Cardiff Bay Wales, and examine the collection at St Fagans National Museum of History.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cardiff planner.

You can drive from Bristol to Cardiff in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cardiff are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manchester.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Manchester, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Manchester Town Hall, then get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester, then get engrossed in the history at Imperial War Museum North, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manchester trip planner.

You can drive from Cardiff to Manchester in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Manchester, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in Manchester

Theme Parks · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

Liverpool, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Tate Liverpool, go for a walk through Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, then see the interesting displays at The Beatles Story, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Liverpool day trip planning site.

Getting from Manchester to Liverpool by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Liverpool can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to York.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

York, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Change things up with a short trip to Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum in Malton (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at York Maze, take in the architecture and atmosphere at York Minster, push the limits with an extreme tour, and explore the ancient world of York City Walls.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the York travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Liverpool to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in York

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. On the 21st (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, then sample the fine beverages at Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aigas Field Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Village Green, stop by Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Drumnadrochit journey planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from York to Drumnadrochit takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from York in August since evenings lows in Drumnadrochit dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and finally explore the galleries of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh journey maker tool.

Drive from Drumnadrochit to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Belfast.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
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.
On the 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of City Hall, then learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Ulster Historical Foundation.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Belfast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Belfast are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the history behind James Joyce Statue, then stroll around St Stephens Green, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and finally see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip app.

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waterford.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Waterford, Ireland

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Sun), get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, then take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterford Greenway.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Waterford travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Waterford takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Waterford are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Cork, Ireland

— 1 night

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 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cork tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Cork sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muckross House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Killarney trip planner.

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Galway, Ireland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Eyre Square, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Galway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Burren National Park.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Burren National Park, Ireland

— 1 night
The Burren National Park, located in the south-eastern corner of the Burren, Co Clare is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. On the 4th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren.

Before you visit Burren National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Galway to Burren National Park in an hour. In September in Burren National Park, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Inisheer.

Things to do in Burren National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:
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Inisheer, Ireland

— 1 night
On the 5th (Sun), make a trip to St. Caomhan’s Church, then make a trip to Plassey Wreck, and then delve into the distant past at O'Brien's Castle.

Plan a Inisheer trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Burren National Park to Inisheer with the Route module. September in Inisheer sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Inisheer

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Inishmore, Ireland

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School and then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, and then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Inishmore road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Inisheer to Inishmore. September in Inishmore sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Westport, Ireland

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and then see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport vacation builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Westport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In September in Westport, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Douglas.

Things to do in Westport

Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

Douglas, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
The capital and the commercial hub of the island, Douglas represents a traditional seaside resort, booming finance center, and bustling working harbor.
Douglas is known for museums, nightlife, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Calf of Man Bird Observatory and Nature Reserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Snaefell, contemplate the long history of The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail, and don't miss a visit to Isle of Man Steam Railway.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Douglas tour planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Douglas, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Peel.

Things to do in Douglas

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

Peel, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Take a break from Peel with a short trip to Isle of Man Motor Museum in Jurby, about 30 minutes away.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Peel trip itinerary builder.

Peel is very close to Douglas. In September, daily temperatures in Peel can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 52°F.

Things to do in Peel

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · 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.

Oxfordshire travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Oxfordshire is renowned not only for the world-famous university town located at its very heart, but also for a varied rural landscape that's a growing favorite with walkers, cyclists, and history buffs. Sightseeing in the region reveals archetypal English landscapes studded with fascinating towns and villages, many situated right on the River Thames. Though the county’s main attraction remains the ancient city of Oxford, which includes over 1,500 heritage-listed buildings and a multitude of outstanding museums, there’s much more to Oxfordshire than a long history of academic achievement and an old-world atmosphere little changed by modern trends. A huge population of young students makes this region one of the most dynamic parts of the country--a perfect complement to the rustic charm and ancient architecture.

Loch Ness Region travel guide

4.2
Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops · Bodies of Water
Few places in the world have inspired more mystery and wonder than Loch Ness. Famed as the home of the legendary Loch Ness monster, the iconic lake sits in the Scottish Highlands, fringed by rolling hills and dense patches of forest. Many people take a trip to Loch Ness for the chance to catch a glimpse of the mythical beast, allegedly seen countless times by those with a keen eye and vivid imagination--you'll find an endless supply of blurry images to "prove" the monster's existence. Even if you don't believe in Nessie, a trip to Loch Ness offers you the perfect chance to soak up some picturesque Scottish scenery, admire the crumbling ruins of the adjacent castle, and open your mind to the possibilities of the supernatural.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

County Clare travel guide

4.2
Lookouts · Castles · Caves
Banner County
Situated just below County Galway on Ireland's west coast, County Clare serves as an amalgamation of stunning and unusual landscapes. Known for some of the most-visited sites in Ireland, County Clare draws visitors with its dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Formed by the pounding waves of the Atlantic below, the sheer cliffs bring together green earth, sheer drop-offs and blue sea. Meaning "a rocky place," the Burren landscape provides a stark contrast to the traditional green hills of Ireland, appearing as a moonscape of rocky crags and slabs. Beyond the natural splendor, the warmth of the residents in the county's small villages is a gem in its own right. Traditional Irish music and culture permeates this land and its people.

Aran Islands travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Hiking Trails · Outdoor Activities
A collection of three islands off the west coast near Galway Bay, Aran Islands provide an isolated bit of the country where traditional culture reigns. The islands' inhabitants mostly speak Irish as a first language, and all place names are primarily in Irish, with English translations. Visitors revel in the small-town feel, authentic pubs, and native Irish language. Because the islands contain lots of unpaved roads and farmland bordered by walls made of limestone rocks, they're best explored by bike or on foot.

Isle of Man travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Passionately proud of its history and culture, the Isle of Man boasts the world’s oldest continuous parliament and enjoys a semi-autonomous status within the UK. Islanders have little patience for tourism for most of the year, except for the few summer weeks when the island hosts the world-famous Tourist Trophy (TT) motorcycle racing events. During the height of the season, nearly 50,000 bike enthusiasts bring lots of noise and a bit of chaos to the island’s lush valleys and rugged hills. To enjoy unspoiled nature and undisturbed silence, avoid coming to the island during the bike races, or simply escape deeper into the rolling countryside and away from the crowds in town.