22 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dunfanaghy, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shannon, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle, 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.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, and appreciate the history behind Greyfriars Bobby Memorial Statue.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Edinburgh is 5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 65°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dublin tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 3 nights

Marble City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Waterford (Bishop's Palace, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, &more) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dunfanaghy.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dunfanaghy, Ireland

— 3 nights
Dunfanaghy is a small town, former fishing port, and commercial centre in County Donegal, Ireland. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Glenveagh National Park. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Hornhead Loop, get engrossed in the history at The Workhouse, kick back and relax at Marble Hill Strand, and see what you can catch with Seas The Bay.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dunfanaghy journey maker website.

Getting from Kilkenny to Dunfanaghy by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Dunfanaghy, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dunfanaghy

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Newport (Parade & St Patrick’s Catholic Church), Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford) and Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong, The Quiet Man Museum, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through The Great Western Greenway, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, and explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway road trip planning tool.

Drive from Dunfanaghy to Galway in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dunfanaghy in August since evenings lows in Galway dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Shannon.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shannon, Ireland

— 2 nights
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Atlantic Air Adventures, look for gifts at The Lawrence Collection, and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Knappogue Castle, and then make a trip to Shannon Heritage.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shannon visit planning tool.

Drive from Galway to Shannon in an hour. September in Shannon sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Dingle, Ireland

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 4th (Sat), make a trip to Eask Tower, shop like a local with Dingle Artworks, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, and then look for gifts at Fiadh Woven Design.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dingle trip planner.

You can drive from Shannon to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Beaches

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.