15 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Louisville, United States
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Durness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Lochinver, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Gairloch, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  14 h 30 min
End: Louisville, United States

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Urbane Art Gallery. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, explore the galleries of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Louisville, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Louisville to Edinburgh, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Louisville in April: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 53°F and lows are around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ©
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Jenners ©
Jenners

2
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castle Varrich, stop by Weavers Craft Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Wrath, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach, then stroll through Polin Beach, and finally head off the coast to Handa Island Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Smoo Cave, view the masterpieces at Balnakeil Craft Village, view the masterpieces at Wee Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob, and finally stroll through Sango Bay.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Edinburgh to Durness in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April in Durness, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lochinver.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Tongue, Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve ©
Handa Island Wildlife Reserve
Weavers Craft Shop ©
Weavers Craft Shop
Lotte Glob ©
Lotte Glob

2
nights
Lochinver, United Kingdom

Lochinver ©
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. On the 6th (Mon), snap pictures at Kylesku Bridge. Keep things going the next day: hike along Culag Woods, identify plant and animal life at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, explore the galleries of RhueArt, stroll through The Bone Caves, then take in the awesome beauty at Stac Pollaidh Mountain, and finally identify plant and animal life at Little Assynt Estate.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lochinver online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Durness to Lochinver takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in April, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gairloch.

Things to do in Lochinver

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ullapool, Falls of Kirkaig, Kylesku Bridge, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Ardvreck Castle
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Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Highland Stoneware, Baddidarroch ©
Highland Stoneware, Baddidarroch
Ullapool Market ©
Ullapool Market

2
nights
Gairloch, United Kingdom

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Russian Arctic Convoy Project, look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Maree, get outside with Walking and Wildlife Adventures, then take an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Inverewe Garden, and finally look for gifts at Perfume Studio.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Gairloch road trip website.

Getting from Lochinver to Gairloch by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Gairloch are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aultbea, Perfume Studio, Red Point Beach, Inverewe Garden, Glen Torridon
Highlights from your plan
Perfume Studio ©
Perfume Studio
Gruinard Bay Caravan Park ©
Gruinard Bay Caravan Park
Gairloch Golf Club ©
Gairloch Golf Club

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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 10th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Inspirations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, view the masterpieces at Castle Gallery, browse the exhibits of Scottish Flair Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop, then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort George.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Inverness takes 2 hours. April in Inverness sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inverness

Shopping Museums Tours

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, The Falls of Foyers, Ferintosh Community Market, Wildwoodz, Picaresque Books
Highlights from your plan
Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop ©
Leakey's Second-hand Bookshop
Picaresque Books ©
Picaresque Books
Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition ©
Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rhinestones, take a stroll through Grafton Street, walk around St Stephens Green, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Ireland, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and finally see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, explore the wide array of goods at Brown Thomas, make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and finally view the masterpieces at James Joyce Cultural Centre.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin road trip planning tool.

Getting from Inverness to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 37°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street
Fallon & Byrne ©
Fallon & Byrne

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