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 plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

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Washington DC, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in November; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 48°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough 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: Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Waterford (Bishop's Palace, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kilkenny Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, and stop by Nicholas Mosse Pottery.

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You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow 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 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Glenveagh National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at The Art House Ireland Art Gallery, snap pictures at Harry Blaney Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Seas The Bay, and make a trip to Hornhead Loop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dunfanaghy day trip planning website.

Getting from Kilkenny to Dunfanaghy by car takes about 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong, The Quiet Man Museum, &more), Newport (Parade & St Patrick’s Catholic Church) and Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford). There's much more to do: learn insider's secrets on Micil Distillery, walk around Eyre Square, explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and cruise along Wild Atlantic Way.

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

Traveling by car from Dunfanaghy to Galway takes 4 hours. Traveling from Dunfanaghy in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to 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 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Atlantic Air Adventures, then look for gifts at The Lawrence Collection, and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Dromoland Castle, explore the historical opulence of Knappogue Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Shannon Heritage.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shannon travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Galway to Shannon by car takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Shannon can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Eask Tower, view the masterpieces at Dingle Artworks, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then cruise along Dingle Peninsula, and finally explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dingle Oceanworld, and then take in the exciting artwork at Fiadh Woven Design.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Shannon to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel 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.

County Donegal travel guide

4.6
Castles · Lookouts · Historic Sites
O'Donnell's County
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions. Despite its large size, the county houses just over 150,000 residents spread across a landscape of low mountains and natural sea loughs. A bastion of Gaelic culture, the region maintains a distinct cultural identity and a fierce spirit of independence, exemplified by the popular saying "Up here it's different." A place of extremes, County Donegal features a rugged interior and an even rockier coastline, boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, this region offers you a chance to discover a quieter side of Ireland largely untouched by commercialization and mass tourism.

County Kerry travel guide

4.5
National Parks · Gardens · Scenic Drive
The Kingdom
Forming Ireland's southwestern corner, County Kerry encompasses world-renowned landmarks like the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula and features the major city of Killarney at its heart. As a peripheral part of the country, County Kerry supports a thriving traditional Irish culture, including the Irish language, music, and dance. Nearly 5,000 native Irish speakers reside in the area, concentrated in two large Gaeltachts known as Corca Dhuibhne and Uibh Rathach. Many visitors come to enjoy the rugged beauty of Kerry's coastline, lakes, and mountains. Several picturesque walking routes wind their way through the landscape, giving tourists the chance to engage deeply with its untamed nature.