22 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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22 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Durness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ullapool, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
6
Stromness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada


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3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Yacht Britannia and Rosslyn Chapel. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, contemplate the long history of Real Mary King's Close, and explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh online visit planner .

Toronto, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Edinburgh, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Edinburgh is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle

4
nights
Fort William, United Kingdom

Fort William ©
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eilean Donan Castle and Inveraray Castle. Head to All The Goodness and The Jetty Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Fort William side-trips: Silver Sands of Morar (in Morar), Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, don't miss a visit to McCaig's Tower, and sample the fine beverages at Oban Distillery.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fort William trip builder website .

Getting from Edinburgh to Fort William by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oban, Glenfinnan, Inveraray, All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop, Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Inveraray Jail ©
Inveraray Jail
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the activities along River Ness, then identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, and then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Castle Gallery, contemplate the long history of Fort George, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nairn Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inverness travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Inverness are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Nairn Beach
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RZSS Highland Wildlife Park ©
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

3
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Get outdoors at Oldshoremore Beach and Polin Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dun Dornaigil Broch and Mudness Ceramics. Venture out of the city with trips to Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay, get a taste of the local shopping with Lotte Glob, and Head underground at Smoo Cave.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Durness trip planning site .

You can drive from Inverness to Durness in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ullapool.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Dun Dornaigil Broch, Scourie Bay
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Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach

2
nights
Ullapool, United Kingdom

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. On the 18th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at RhueArt, take in the exciting artwork at An Talla Solais, hunt for treasures at Ullapool Market, then identify plant and animal life at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, then stop by The Captain's Cabin, and finally stop by Made in Ullapool.

Discover how to plan a Ullapool trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Durness to Ullapool in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ullapool are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Ullapool

Shopping Wildlife Parks
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Made in Ullapool ©
Made in Ullapool
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve
The Captain's Cabin ©
The Captain's Cabin

2
nights
Stromness, United Kingdom

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Magnus Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Viking Centre. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, steep yourself in history at Barony Mill, delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then steep yourself in history at Standing Stones of Stenness, and finally explore the ancient world of Maeshowe.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Stromness online trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Ullapool to Stromness with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 21st (Mon), you're off toDublin.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stenness, Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Saint Magnus Cathedral, Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm, Barony Mill
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Saint Magnus Cathedral ©
Saint Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kilmainham Gaol and Chester Beatty Library. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bru na Boinne and Trim Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Glendalough Monastic Settlement in Vale of Glendalough (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery of Photography, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stromness to Dublin. Traveling from Stromness in May, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
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Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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