Trace the path of the Celtic Trail on a journey across the distinct countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Explore the vibrant histories, myths and cultures surrounded by oceans on this fulfilling trip through stunning landscapes, charming towns and inspiring cities.

Day 1-4
Distance: 290km / 180mi

London to Cardiff

  • Your trip departs from London to Dorset to see the mythological Cerne Abbas Giant carved into a hill.
  • Sip a cream tea with freshly baked scones under a thatched roof at a quaint teashop.
  • Later, head toward Salisbury to see Stonehenge and the tallest church spire in England.
  • Slip into the Roman Baths and pamper yourself in the modern-day Thermae Bath Spa.
  • Stop in to Jane Austen’s home and view the elegant Royal Crescent town house.
  • Visit the animation studios of the BBC before crossing the Bristol Chanel to Wales’ capital city Cardiff.

Day 5-7
Distance: 450km / 280mi

Cardiff to Dublin

  • Shop the famous Victorian galleries and enjoy the lively bars and restaurants on the newly developed Cardiff bay.
  • Drive through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia national park or take a ride on a steam railway.
  • Learn to spell the longest town name in the world and take your photo by its sign to remember Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
  • Catch the ferry to Dublin then take a Viking-themed amphibious tour to the city center using WW2 landing craft.
  • Drink a pint at the famous Guinness brewery followed by a pint or two at the Temple Bar.
  • For a taste of history and academia, visit the Trinity College campus.

Day 8-11
Distance: 800km / 500mi

Dublin to Belfast

  • Live like a king at a Castle hotel after leaning very carefully over the edge of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
  • Head to Galway and immerse yourself in the best of Celtic culture, folklore and traditional Celtic music in one of the city’s brimming pubs.
  • Before leaving Galway, buy your special someone a Claddagh ring representing love, loyalty and friendship. Then, trek north and cross the border back into the UK.
  • Wander over the huge stones of Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Quench your thirst on a tour of the distillery at nearby Bushmills.
  • After exploring the Titanic visitor exhibition, the newly revived Belfast city center is a fun way to end the day.

Day 12-14
Distance: 305km / 190mi

Belfast to Edinburgh

  • Take the ferry from Belfast to Ayr and enjoy the drive to Glasgow.
  • Visit the renowned Burrell Collection of art and don’t miss The House for an Art Lover designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
  • Track down must-have souvenirs in the international boutiques of Glasgow before making your way to Edinburgh.
  • Wander the lofty Edinburgh castle and then sip a dram of Scotch to savor the homegrown flavors.

Before you go

  1. Remember that English people drive on the left. Before you cross the street, you need to look to the right.
  2. Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a port or airport in the UK to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid throughout your stay.
  3. Pack for varying climates and activities (rain, high humidity, low temperatures at night and high temperatures during the day, swimwear, city tours, etc.).
  4. The currency you will utilize in the UK is the pound, but make sure you have enough Euros, or check for local exchange bureau in Ireland.
  5. Plan your visits to the monuments and book tickets in advance to avoid lines.
  6. Check train information here to see if your trail is covered by the ticket Brit rail GB Flexible. This ticket offers you a good price travelling Great Britain by train.
  7. In Ireland, the legal drinking age is 18, however some pubs require their customers to have more than 21 years and require ID proof of age. The regulations in the Republic of Ireland states that children under 18 cannot be found in places where alcohol is served after 21:30 hours.

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