18 days in Cambridge, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Cambridge, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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18 days in Cambridge, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
+2
Fly + subway + train:  14​h
1
Cambridge, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
7
Scotland, United States
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge ©
Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at IWM Duxford and Ely Cathedral. Visit Norwich Cathedral and Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Cambridge: St. Edmundsbury Cathedral (in Bury St. Edmunds), Room Escape Games (in Norwich) and Ickworth (in Horringer). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Cambridgeshire Wine School, examine the collection at Christchurch Mansion, brush up on your military savvy at Dad's Army Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Audley End House and Gardens.

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Seattle, USA to Cambridge is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Seattle to Cambridge, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Cambridge, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Cambridge

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ely, Bury St. Edmunds, Norwich, Audley End House and Gardens, Melford Hall
Highlights from your plan
Norwich Cathedral ©
Norwich Cathedral
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
Ely Cathedral ©
Ely Cathedral

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chester Beatty and National Library of Ireland. Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Trim Castle (in Trim). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Temple Bar, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cambridge to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Cambridge in July, expect Dublin to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny day trip website .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in July, Kilkenny is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Ferns Castle, Hore Abbey
Highlights from your plan
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

2
nights
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 3rd (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, and then stroll through Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Lahinch Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fanore Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen.

Before you visit Liscannor, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Kilkenny to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Doolin Cave, Lahinch Beach, Scattery Island, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Highlights from your plan
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 5th (Wed), stroll through Inch Beach, then appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, and then identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, and finally don't miss a visit to Ladies' View.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. August in Killarney sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 7th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and then step off the mainland to explore Spike Island.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cork travel planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Scotland.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

1
night
Scotland, United States

Scotland ©
Scotland, in St. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lookout State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Reedville Fishermen's Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Scotland trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cork to Scotland. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cork to Scotland. Traveling from Cork in August, expect Scotland to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Scotland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Reedville Fishermen's Museum
Highlights from your plan
Point Lookout State Park ©
Point Lookout State Park
Reedville Fishermen's Museum ©
Reedville Fishermen's Museum

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