17 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

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 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., then get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and finally walk around St Stephens Green.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin tour planner.

Atlanta, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in May: highs in Dublin hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 43°F. You will leave for Galway on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Galway, Ireland

— 3 nights

City of the Tribes

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 16th (Mon): make a trip to Quay Street. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Galway road trip site.

Traveling by train from Dublin to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galway are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Derry, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Maiden City

Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Derry: Dunluce Castle (in Portrush), Bushmills (Bushmills Distillery & Giant's Causeway) and Causeway Coastal Route (in Ballintoy). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, snap pictures at Peace bridge, make a trip to Walled city Londonderry, and explore and take pictures at The Dark Hedges.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Derry trip planner.

Drive from Galway to Derry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Derry sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 1 day
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Titanic Belfast.

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Traveling by car from Derry to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Belfast are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 7 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alba Game Fishing Ltd. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Belfast to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.