12 days in Scotland & Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

12 days in Scotland & Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in Scotland & Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh driving holiday planning site .

Chicago, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, things will get little chillier in Edinburgh: highs are around 58°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

2
nights
Fort William, United Kingdom

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at West Highland Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Steall Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then have fun at Ice Factor, then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and finally explore the activities along Loch Linnhe Picnic Area.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Fort William trip maker app .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Loch Linnhe Picnic Area, Glen Coe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Ice Factor
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Glen Coe ©
Glen Coe

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 18th (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Cairngorm Brewery, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Wildwoodz, sample the tasty concoctions at Black Isle Brewery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Inverness route planner .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Inverness sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Inverness

Tours Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Munlochy, Cairngorm Brewery, Culloden Battlefield, Aigas Field Centre
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House and then trek along Beara Way.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Killarney vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Inverness to Killarney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Killarney when traveling from Inverness in May, with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beara Way
Highlights from your plan
Beara Way ©
Beara Way
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

2
nights
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk, then step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, then trek along Hag's Head, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden and then look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Liscannor day trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Liscannor are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kilkee Cliff Walk, Scattery Island, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk

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