21 days in Scotland, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Scotland, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Scotland, United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+4
Train + Bus + Fly + Bus + Ferry:  8​h 30​min
2
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  10​h 30​min
3
Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Newquay, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Bus + Tram + Foot + Train:  6​h 45​min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 18th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and then visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, and then explore the historical opulence of Linlithgow Palace.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Edinburgh online travel route planner .

Washington DC, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 12-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Edinburgh. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in June, with highs in Edinburgh at 63°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Linlithgow Palace ©
Linlithgow Palace
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

1
night
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, then explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen, take in the dramatic natural features at Neist Point, and then explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Isle of Skye vacation planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Llandudno.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

1
night
Llandudno, United Kingdom

Llandudno ©
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): browse the exhibits of Conwy Castle, then go for a walk through Llandudno Promenade, and then explore the striking landscape at Great Orme. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Beaumaris Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Caernarfon Castle, then admire the natural beauty at National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, and finally enjoy the sea views from South Stack Lighthouse.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Llandudno online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Isle of Skye to Llandudno in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Cardiff.

Things to do in Llandudno

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Conwy Castle, South Stack Lighthouse, Caernarfon Castle, National Trust - Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Beaumaris Castle
Highlights from your plan
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
Beaumaris Castle ©
Beaumaris Castle

3
nights
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rhossili Bay and Longleat. Get some cultural insight at Big Pit National Coal Museum and St Fagans National Museum of History. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cardiff: Bath Abbey (in Bath) and Bristol (Brunel's SS Great Britain & Clifton Suspension Bridge). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cardiff driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Llandudno to Cardiff in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bristol, Big Pit National Coal Museum, Bath Abbey, Longleat, Rhossili Bay
Highlights from your plan
Big Pit National Coal Museum ©
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Rhossili Bay ©
Rhossili Bay
Longleat ©
Longleat

2
nights
Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Bournemouth ©
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. On the 27th (Sat), kick back and relax at Weymouth Beach and then kick back and relax at Bournemouth Beach. On your second day here, cool off at Dorset Adventure Park, then step into the grandiose world of Corfe Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Monkey World.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bournemouth trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Cardiff to Bournemouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Newquay.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Corfe Castle, Monkey World, Weymouth Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dorset Adventure Park ©
Dorset Adventure Park
Corfe Castle ©
Corfe Castle
Weymouth Beach ©
Weymouth Beach

3
nights
Newquay, United Kingdom

Newquay ©
Known as the Surf Capital of the UK, Newquay is a vibrant city with youthful energy.
Popular historic sites such as Tintagel Castle and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lanhydrock House and Garden and St. Michael's Mount. Take a break from Newquay with a short trip to Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives, about 52 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perranporth Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Fistral Beach Bar.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Newquay trip maker .

You can drive from Bournemouth to Newquay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Newquay

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Tintagel Castle, Lanhydrock House and Garden, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St. Michael's Mount, The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Highlights from your plan
Fistral Beach Bar ©
Fistral Beach Bar
Perranporth Beach ©
Perranporth Beach
Tintagel Castle ©
Tintagel Castle

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Popular historic sites such as Ross Castle and Blarney Castle & Gardens are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gap of Dunloe and Ladies' View. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, and contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey.

Plan trip to Killarney with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Newquay to Killarney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blarney Castle & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and King John's Castle. Get some cultural insight at Clonmacnoise and Galway Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Church of Saints Peter & Paul (in Athlone). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade and step into the grandiose world of Dunsandle Castle and Woods.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galway driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Killarney in July since evenings lows in Galway dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Clonmacnoise, King John's Castle, Dunsandle Castle and Woods, Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Clonmacnoise ©
Clonmacnoise

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