18 days in England, Scotland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

18 days in England, Scotland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Doha
Fly + Train:  10 h
1
London
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
2
York
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Belfast
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Bushmills
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  10 h 30 min
6
Isle of Skye
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Doha

4
nights
London

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stonehenge as well as Durdle Door & White Nothe Circular Walk. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Natural History Museum and Dover Castle. For shopping fun, head to The Lanes or cave. Explore London's surroundings by going to Portsmouth (HMS Warrior 1860 & Portsmouth Historic Dockyard). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, look for gifts at London Rocks, and take an in-depth tour of The British Museum.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the London tour itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to London is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Doha to London, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Doha in October: high temperatures in London hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Portsmouth, Stonehenge, The Lanes, Dover Castle, Durdle Door & White Nothe Circular Walk
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

3
nights
York

York ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fountains Abbey and Whitby Abbey. Take a break from the city and head to Filey Beach and Sandsend Beach. Go for a jaunt from York to Whitby to see Whitby Harbour about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of York Minster, don't miss a visit to York Shambles, go for a walk through York City Walls, and see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read York tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in York, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Whitby, Fountains Abbey, Filey Beach
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Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Sandsend Beach ©
Sandsend Beach
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel for their historical value. Do your shopping at Buchanan Street and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Bamburgh Castle (in Bamburgh), Stirling Castle (in Stirling) and Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh travel tool.

You can take a train from York to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bamburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Cragside House and Gardens, Rosslyn Chapel, Buchanan Street
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens

1
night
Belfast

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Belfast day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Belfast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

1
night
Bushmills

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bushmills Distillery, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, then cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, and finally explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bushmills online holiday maker.

Drive from Belfast to Bushmills in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bushmills are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Dunluce Castle, Causeway Coastal Route
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Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway

2
nights
Isle of Skye

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.
On the 1st (Fri), learn something new at Hebridean Isles Trading Company -Island at the Edge, examine the collection at Colbost Folk Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Trotternish Ridge and then kick back and relax at Talisker Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye route site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Bushmills to Isle of Skye takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach

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