17 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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Pitlochry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Oban, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Kinsale, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Pitlochry, United Kingdom

Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. On the 1st (Fri), look for gifts at Honest Thistle, step into the grandiose world of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens, then make a trip to Queen's View Visitor Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Greenland Stone Circle. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Blair Athol Distillery, sample the fine beverages at Edradour Distillery, and then sample the fine beverages at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pitlochry travel route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Pitlochry is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Pitlochry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oban.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

1
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Oban, United Kingdom

Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Oban Distillery, delve into the distant past at Dunollie Museum, Castle and Grounds, and then make a trip to McCaig's Tower.

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Traveling by car from Pitlochry to Oban takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Oban

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites

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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Skye Museum of Island Life and Eilean Donan Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Oyster Shed and Portree Harbour. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing, get a new perspective on nature at Staffin Fossil Museum, don't miss a visit to Neist Point, and pause for some photo ops at Somerled Square War Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Isle of Skye road trip app.

Drive from Oban to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Inverness, United Kingdom

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cawdor Castle and Fort Augustus Abbey. Explore hidden gems such as Nairn Beach and Clava Cairns. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Dornoch Beach (in Dornoch) and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie). Next up on the itinerary: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the activities along River Ness.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Inverness trip maker app.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muckross Abbey and Kerry Cliffs. Take a break from Killarney with a short trip to Inch Beach in Inch, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and head outdoors with Ring of Kerry.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Killarney trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Killarney takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Inverness in July since evenings lows in Killarney dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kinsale, Ireland

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, look for gifts at Boland Craft & Gift Shop, and then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kinsale road trip website.

Getting from Killarney to Kinsale by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.

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.