16 days in Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly:  5 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
County Donegal, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 15 min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guinness Storehouse and Chester Beatty. Get some historical perspective at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Newman University Church. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin, examine the collection at The Little Museum of Dublin, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and make a trip to St. Mary's Abbey.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin route website.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Dublin is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Dublin is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Killarney.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Killarney Methodist Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, then take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Rossbeigh Beach and then head off the coast to Innisfallen Island.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Killarney trip planner.

Traveling by train from Dublin to Killarney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Rossbeigh Beach
Highlights from your plan
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Lynch's Castle and then enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway road trip site.

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Killarney in April, you will find days in Galway are little chillier (12°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to County Donegal.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Lynch's Castle ©
Lynch's Castle

2
nights
County Donegal, Ireland

County Donegal ©
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Grianan Of Aileach, then get all the information you need at Old Church Visitor Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Eunan's Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the County Donegal travel route builder site.

Getting from Galway to County Donegal by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Galway in April, County Donegal is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Inverness.

Things to do in County Donegal

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Saint Eunan's Cathedral ©
Saint Eunan's Cathedral
Grianan Of Aileach ©
Grianan Of Aileach

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Clava Cairns, and then contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness. On the next day, kick back and relax at Dornoch Beach and then kick back and relax at Nairn Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Inverness trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from County Donegal to Inverness. Traveling from County Donegal in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Inverness. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dornoch Beach, Culloden Battlefield, Nairn Beach, Clava Cairns
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Clava Cairns ©
Clava Cairns
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

3
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nevis Range Mountain Resort and Glenfinnan Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Inverlochy Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, get interesting insight from Jacobite Steam Train, and examine the collection at West Highland Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Fort William route builder.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Commando Monument
Highlights from your plan
Nevis Range Mountain Resort ©
Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Monument ©
Glenfinnan Monument

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 16th (Sat), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, then engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Portobello Beach, browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, then take an in-depth tour of People's Story, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Canongate Kirk.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ©

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