14 days in Western Ireland & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

14 days in Western Ireland & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

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14 days in Western Ireland & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly + Bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Seattle, United States

1
night
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Dunguaire Castle, explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at South Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Galway holiday planner.

Seattle, USA to Galway is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, things will get a bit cooler in Galway: highs are around 59°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tyrone House, Aughnanure Castle
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Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Kayaking & Canoeing
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church ©
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

2
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Croagh Patrick. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then experience rural life at Joyce Country Sheepdogs, then steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Westport tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cong, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Joyce Country Sheepdogs, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Highlights from your plan
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

2
nights
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea, and then experience rural life at Atlantic Sheepdogs. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Glencar Waterfall, make a trip to Yeats's Grave, then don't miss a visit to Sligo Abbey, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sligo online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Westport to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Sligo sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aviemore.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Glencar Waterfall, Atlantic Sheepdogs, Yeats's Grave
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Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Glencar Waterfall ©
Glencar Waterfall
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach

2
nights
Aviemore, United Kingdom

Aviemore ©
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Loch Garten Nature Reserve. Urquhart Castle and ShipSpace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Aviemore side-trips: The Falls of Foyers (in Foyers), Culloden Battlefield (in Culloden Moor) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Inverness). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Loch Morlich, steep yourself in history at Clava Cairns, and delve into the lush surroundings at Anagach Woods.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Aviemore trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sligo to Aviemore takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Sligo in September, Aviemore is slightly colder at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Aviemore

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Anagach Woods, Urquhart Castle, ShipSpace, The Falls of Foyers, Clava Cairns
Highlights from your plan
The Falls of Foyers ©
The Falls of Foyers
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

4
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. Get in touch with nature at Camusdarach Beach and Glen Etive. Step off the beaten path and head to Highland Titles Nature Reserve and Glenfinnan Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort William: Glenfinnan (Glenfinnan Church & Glenfinnan Viaduct) and Silver Sands of Morar (in Morar). There's lots more to do: hike along West Highland Way, step into the grandiose world of Old Inverlochy Castle, appreciate the history behind The Glencoe Massacre Monument, and identify plant and animal life at Glencoe Lochan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fort William trip site .

Traveling by car from Aviemore to Fort William takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Morar Beach, West Highland Way, Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Glencoe Lochan ©
Glencoe Lochan

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