23 days in Ireland, Scotland & England Itinerary

23 days in Ireland, Scotland & England Itinerary

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23 days in Ireland, Scotland & England Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly + bus:  16​h 30​min
1
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Stromness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: San Diego, United States

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Medieval Mile Museum and Cashel Folk Village. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Abbey. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Huntington Castle (in Clonegal), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kilkenny using our trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from San Diego to Kilkenny, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect Kilkenny to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cashel, Ferns Castle, Huntington Castle, St. Patrick's Well
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kilmainham Gaol and Chester Beatty Library. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bru na Boinne and Glendalough Monastic Settlement. Change things up with a short trip to Powerscourt Gardens and House in Enniskerry (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, examine the collection at Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and steep yourself in history at Real Mary King's Close.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

3
nights
Stromness, United Kingdom

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Skara Brae and Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm. Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre and Kirbuster Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Orkney Wine Company in Holm (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Barony Mill, delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness, explore the historical opulence of Earl's Palace, and explore the ancient world of Maeshowe.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Stromness trip planner .

Getting from Edinburgh to Stromness by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Birsay, Stenness, Orphir, Orkney Wine Company, Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm ©
Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm
Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre ©

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, examine the collection at ShipSpace, then see the interesting displays at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, and finally step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Inverness road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Stromness to Inverness in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Stromness in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Inverness, with lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Dornoch Cathedral, Nigg Old Church
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Fort George
Fort George

6
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like IWM Duxford and King's College Chapel. Natural History Museum and British Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of London with an excursion to North Laine in Brighton--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, wander the streets of Old Town Hastings, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the London trip planner .

Fly from Inverness to London in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, London is a bit warmer than Inverness - with highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

IWM Duxford, King's College Chapel, Old Town Hastings, North Laine
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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