26 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

26 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

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26 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Clifden, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Portinscale, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Ullapool, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kinlochbervie, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Stornoway, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  21​h 45​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
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.
Head to Grafton Street and Sheridansfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Ireland, stop by DesignYard, and explore the wide array of goods at Brown Thomas.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 2 hours. In December, Dublin is much colder than Cape Town - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Dublin

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street

3
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Inch Beach and Slea Head Drive. Shop till you drop at The Great & Co and Kathleen McAuliffe. Take a break from Dingle with a short trip to Issie's Handmade Chocolate in Castletownbere, about 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at John Weldon Jewellers and explore the wide array of goods at Strand House Cafe.

Plan a Dingle trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Dublin to Dingle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Shopping Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Castletownbere, Slea Head Drive, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
John Weldon Jewellers ©
John Weldon Jewellers

3
nights
Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to O`Dalaigh Jewellers and Coral Beach. Get outdoors at Cliffs of Moher and Renvyle Beach. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Cottage Handcrafts, view the masterpieces at Roundstone Ceramics, enjoy the sand and surf at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, and browse the different shops at Hehirs Of Clifden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Clifden trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Dingle to Clifden in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Portinscale.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Roundstone Ceramics, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin), Cliffs of Moher, Cottage Handcrafts, Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)

2
nights
Portinscale, United Kingdom

Portinscale ©
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Windermere and Alpacaly Ever After. Head to The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop and Ye Olde Friarsfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Portinscale side-trips: Grasmere (Herdy, Helm Crag, & more), Lakeland (in Windermere) and SpindleCraft (in Holmrook).

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Portinscale road trip planning app .

You can drive from Clifden to Portinscale in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Portinscale can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Ullapool.

Things to do in Portinscale

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Grasmere, Keswick, Windermere, SpindleCraft, Sam Read Book Shop
Highlights from your plan
The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop ©
The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop
Buttermere Lake ©
Buttermere Lake
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater

1
night
Ullapool, United Kingdom

Ullapool ©
Ullapool is a village of around 1,500 inhabitants in Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Ardvreck Castle, kick back and relax at Achmelvich Beach, then stop by Highland Stoneware, Baddidarroch, and finally stop by The Captain's Cabin. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Made in Ullapool, view the masterpieces at RhueArt, then take in breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge, then look for gifts at Lael Crafts Gallery and coffee stop, and finally look for gifts at Treasure Chest.

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

Getting from Portinscale to Ullapool by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Portinscale in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ullapool, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kinlochbervie.

Things to do in Ullapool

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Lochinver, Treasure Chest, Ardvreck Castle
Highlights from your plan
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Corrieshalloch Gorge ©
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Ardvreck Castle ©
Ardvreck Castle

2
nights
Kinlochbervie, United Kingdom

Kinlochbervie ©
Kinlochbervie is a harbour village in the north west of Sutherland, in the Highland region of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by The Culkein Store, stroll through Clachtoll Beach Campsite, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Scourie Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oldshoremore Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandwood Bay Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kinlochbervie trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ullapool to Kinlochbervie takes 1.5 hours. In December in Kinlochbervie, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Stornoway.

Things to do in Kinlochbervie

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lotte Glob, Scourie Bay, The Jammery Culkein, Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Highlights from your plan
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

2
nights
Stornoway, United Kingdom

Stornoway ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach), then stop by Hebridean Soap Company, then stop by Essence of Harris, and finally look for gifts at Harris Tweed Isle of Harris. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Dalmore Beach, kick back and relax at Dailbeag Beach, then stop by The Hebridean Tea Store, and finally stop by The Good Food Boutique.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Stornoway trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kinlochbervie to Stornoway takes 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Stornoway are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Stornoway

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Isle of Harris, Isle of Lewis, Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach), Hebridean Soap Company
Highlights from your plan
Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach) ©
Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach)
Dailbeag Beach ©
Dailbeag Beach
Dalmore Beach ©
Dalmore Beach

6
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quiraing (Hill Walk) and Skyelark. For shopping fun, head to Skye Weavers or Duncan House. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sound of Sleat Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Bearreraig Bay, stop by Skye Silver, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stornoway to Isle of Skye. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

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