18 days in United Kingdom, Dublin & Western Ireland Itinerary

18 days in United Kingdom, Dublin & Western Ireland Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Rosslyn Chapel and The Real Mary King's Close are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Gilmerton Cove and Inchcolm Abbey and Island. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and visit Edinburgh Old Town.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planning app.

Atlanta, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Atlanta to Edinburgh. When traveling from Atlanta in May, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Edinburgh: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Inverness Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, and finally snap pictures at Culloden Viaduct. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Brodie Castle, then see majestic marine mammals with North 58 Sea Adventures, and then stroll through Findhorn Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Inverness driving holiday planning website.

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Inverness sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Plockton Seal Trips, then explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, then admire the sheer force of Falls of Glomach, and finally steep yourself in history at Strome Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyle of Lochalsh trip maker.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Kyle of Lochalsh

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort William, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, then take a memorable drive along Road to the Isles, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Andrew's Church.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Fort William day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyle of Lochalsh to Fort William takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Athens of the North

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Derry.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Get some cultural insight at Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House and St. Columb's Cathedral. St. Eugene's Cathedral and First Derry Presbyterian Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Derry to go to Limavady and see Largantea Picnic Area, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Tower Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Riverwatch Aquarium and Visitor Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columba's Church (Long Tower), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Derry City Cemetery.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Derry itinerary website.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Derry in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Edinburgh in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Derry, with lows around 49°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 1 night
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 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol and then examine the collection at Titanic Belfast. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, then steep yourself in history at The Tropical Ravine House, then take in the awesome beauty at Black Mountain, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Malachy's Church.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Belfast road trip site.

Drive from Derry to Belfast in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Dublin, Ireland

— 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Wed), take a stroll through Temple Bar, explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, and then contemplate the long history of Dublin Castle.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Dublin travel route planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Galway, Ireland

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, then get a dose of the wild on Ireland's School of Falconry, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ross Errily Friary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, then contemplate the long history of Aughnanure Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Glengowla Mines, and finally get advice or help at Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at GPO Museum, get engrossed in the history at Dublinia, then steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse. On your second day here, take a stroll through Temple Bar and then browse the exhibits of 14 Henrietta Street.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Scottish Highlands travel guide

4.4
Castles · Mountains · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.

Western Ireland travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
Western Ireland overflows with quaint coastal towns, historical castles, and picturesque rocky landscapes. With big cities like Galway, Cork, and Limerick, the region has the right amount of urban flavor to balance Ireland's rugged west coast. Carpeted green fields end abruptly at the Cliffs of Moher, which draw visitors as a top tourist attraction in the region. The area's Aran Islands, a collection of three small islands, showcase the original language through many native Irish speakers.