15 days in Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Scotland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Scotland Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
2
Durness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Fort Augustus, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

4
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.
Visit Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple Bar and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Grafton Street, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, take in the exciting artwork at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, and explore the world behind art at The Gerard Byrne Studio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin day trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Dublin is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Dublin, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January: highs in Dublin hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. On the 22nd (Fri), stroll through Scourie Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Polin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Sandwood Bay Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Rispond Beach, kick back and relax at Durness Beach, then view the masterpieces at Mudness Ceramics, and finally view the masterpieces at Wee Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Durness online travel route planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Dublin to Durness in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January in Durness, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Scourie Bay
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Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Scourie Bay ©
Scourie Bay

2
nights
Fort Augustus, United Kingdom

Fort Augustus ©
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get outside with General Wade’s Military Roads, take some stellar pictures from Suidhe Viewpoint, take in the awesome beauty at Farigaig Forest, then stop by Iceberg Glass, and finally snap pictures at Bridge of Oich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, and then admire the sheer force of Falls of Glomach.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Augustus online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Durness to Fort Augustus takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Falls of Glomach, Farigaig Forest, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, Bridge of Oich
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Farigaig Forest ©
Farigaig Forest
Glen Affric National Nature Reserve ©
Glen Affric National Nature Reserve
General Wade’s Military Roads ©
General Wade’s Military Roads

2
nights
Aviemore, United Kingdom

Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. On the 26th (Tue), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Grantown Antiques and Collectables, look for all kinds of wild species at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Cairngorm Mountain, identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then contemplate the long history of The Old Packhorse Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aviemore itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Augustus to Aviemore takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Aviemore

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Grantown Antiques and Collectables, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre ©
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Cairngorm Mountain ©
Cairngorm Mountain

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at The Real Mary King's Close and Edinburgh Old Town. Get some cultural insight at Royal Yacht Britannia and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Calton Hill, and step into the grandiose world of The Great Hall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner.

Getting from Aviemore to Edinburgh by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Shopping
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Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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