I am planning a 3 week trip to Ireland, England, and Scotland. I am tentatively thinking a week in each country. Does anyone have a suggestion on where to focus more or less time?
Many people here would probably suggest all 3 weeks in just one but three weeks can be used to do a brief overview. I suggest you get Rick's books on Ireland and Great Britain. What I think are highlights may bore you to death. I will give you a few thoughts. Ireland - Dublin, Rock of Cashell, Glendalough, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, whoops out of time with lots of great spots left untouched. England - London, Bath, York, whoops out of time and you haven't really gotten started. Extra time could let you visit the Cotswolds, the Lake District. Wales - You didn't mention Wales but North Wales has some great scenery and castles. It connects with Ireland via ferry. Scotland - Edinburgh, Highlands, Lochs, Castles. Defaulting to Rick's books, a "survey" of the British Isles would only have you visit Edinburgh. The rest of Great Britain's two weeks would be dedicated to England and Wales. Many here love the highlands and would happily spend all three weeks there. This is just to reinforce my original suggestion to read some of the guidebooks and figure out what you really want to see.