38 days in United Kingdom, Aran Islands & Dublin Itinerary

38 days in United Kingdom, Aran Islands & Dublin Itinerary

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38 days in United Kingdom, Aran Islands & Dublin Itinerary

South Bend, United States
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Inishmore, Ireland
— 3 nights
Travel:  14​h 30​min
Lerwick, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Stromness, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hoy, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
South Ronaldsay, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Dublin, Ireland
— 10 nights
Fly:  16​h
South Bend, United States

2
days
Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, stop by Mary O'Flaherty, delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, then explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, and finally explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, and then stroll through The Worm Hole (Poll na bPeist).

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South Bend, USA to Inishmore is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from South Bend to Inishmore. In June, Inishmore is little chillier than South Bend - with highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Lerwick.

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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa

5
days
Lerwick, United Kingdom

Lerwick ©
Lerwick is the main port of the Shetland Islands, Scotland centred 123mi off the north coast of mainland Scotland on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland. Appreciate the collections at Shetland Museum and Archives and Croft House Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement and The Old Haa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lerwick: Tangwick Haa Museum (in Brae) and Sumburgh Head Lighthouse (in Sumburgh). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Scalloway Museum, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Clickimin Broch.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lerwick trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Inishmore to Lerwick. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Inishmore in June: highs in Lerwick hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Stromness.

Things to do in Lerwick

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sumburgh, Scalloway, Tangwick Haa Museum, Old Haa Museum, St Ninian's Isle
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Shetland Museum and Archives ©
Shetland Museum and Archives
Tangwick Haa Museum ©
Tangwick Haa Museum

5
days
Stromness, United Kingdom

Stromness
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Appreciate the collections at Broch of Gurness and Kirbuster Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maeshowe and Ring of Brodgar. Take a break from Stromness with a short trip to Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm in St. Mary's, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Skara Brae, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Viking Centre, explore the engaging exhibits at Corrigall Farm Museum, and see the interesting displays at Stromness Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Stromness vacation trip planner.

Getting from Lerwick to Stromness by car takes about 9.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoy.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kirkwall, Birsay, Stenness, Corrigall Farm Museum, The Viking Centre
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Maeshowe
Maeshowe
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral

2
days
Hoy, United Kingdom

Hoy ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): head off the coast to Hoy Island, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Hoy, and then contemplate the long history of Dwarfie Stane. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hackness Martello Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hoy sightseeing planner.

Drive from Stromness to Hoy in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to South Ronaldsay.

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The Old Man of Hoy ©
The Old Man of Hoy

1
day
South Ronaldsay, United Kingdom

South Ronaldsay ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tomb of the Eagles, identify plant and animal life at Olav's Wood, and then view the masterpieces at Hoxa Tapestry Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Ronaldsay holiday planner.

You can drive from Hoy to South Ronaldsay in 2 hours. June in South Ronaldsay sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Belfast.

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Tomb of the Eagles ©
Tomb of the Eagles

9
days
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ulster Museum and Titanic Belfast Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like City Walls and Dunluce Castle. Explore Belfast's surroundings by going to Carnfunnock Country Park (in Larne), Ulster American Folk Park (in Omagh) and Bushmills (Causeway Coastal Route, Old Bushmills Distillery, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, step into the grandiose world of Stormont Estate and Parliament Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Guildhall, and admire the masterpieces at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Belfast itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from South Ronaldsay to Belfast. In June in Belfast, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Derry, Bushmills, Dunluce Castle, Logwood Plant Centre, Carnfunnock Country Park
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City Walls ©
City Walls
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Ulster American Folk Park
Ulster American Folk Park

9
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trim Castle and Powerscourt Gardens and House. Get some historical perspective at Bru na Boinne and Kilmainham Gaol. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Ferns Castle (in Ferns), Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, take a stroll through Temple Bar, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Dublin are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, Kilkenny Castle, Malahide Castle, The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Ferns Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Trim Castle
Trim Castle

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