15 days in England, Northern Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

15 days in England, Northern Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in England, Northern Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

Start: Polokwane
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
London
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Belfast
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Inverness
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Edinburgh
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Polokwane

3
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Natural History Museum and The British Museum. National Gallery and Churchill War Rooms will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Russian Patriarchal Orthodox cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our London online tour itinerary planner .

Polokwane, South Africa to London is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Polokwane in January: high temperatures in London hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, then look for all kinds of wild species at Broughshane Environment Waterfowl & Wildlife Trust, then contemplate the long history of Struell Wells, and finally visit a coastal fixture at St. John's Point Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Killard National Nature Reserve, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George's Church, then examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, and finally contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Belfast day trip planning app .

You can fly from London to Belfast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Belfast are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Struell Wells, Killard National Nature Reserve, Broughshane Environment Waterfowl & Wildlife Trust, St. John's Point Lighthouse
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

3
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Aviemore) and Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Creag Meagaidh and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nigg Old Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness day trip app .

Getting from Belfast to Inverness by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or drive. Traveling from Belfast in January, Inverness is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Aviemore, Creag Meagaidh, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, RSPB - Insh Marshes, Aigas Field Centre
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Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

4
nights
Edinburgh

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Scotland and Royal Yacht Britannia. Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Step out of Edinburgh to go to Strathblane and see Strathblane Falconry, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at BobCat Alpacas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Holyrood Palace, and enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh route website .

You can drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Strathblane Falconry, Dalhousie Castle Falconry
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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