36 days in Scotland, Ireland & Islay Itinerary

36 days in Scotland, Ireland & Islay Itinerary

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36 days in Scotland, Ireland & Islay Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cork, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
6
Bruichladdich, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Seattle, United States

5
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fort William (Climbing Tours & Steall Waterfall), Cairngorm Brewery (in Aviemore) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get interesting insight from Tours, sample the tasty concoctions at Black Isle Brewery, and brush up on your military savvy at The Commando Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inverness holiday planning tool .

Seattle, USA to Inverness is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Traveling from Seattle in May, things will get slightly colder in Inverness: highs are around 58°F and lows about 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Munlochy, Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park, Invermoriston Falls, Glen Coe
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

6
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Go for a jaunt from Edinburgh to Glasgow to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Inverness to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cork.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

5
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Kinsale (Kinsale Regional Museum, Kinsale Crystal, & more), Waterford Greenway (in Waterford) and Birds of Prey Educational Centre (in Midleton). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, gain insight at University College Cork (UCC), and stroll around President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Edinburgh to Cork in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh, Barryscourt Castle, Waterford Greenway, Mayfield Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Dingle (Eask Tower, Brian de Staic Jeweller, & more). Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Fri) at Skellig Michael. There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park and take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Killarney trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle, County Kerry, Slea Head Drive
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

5
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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 Galway's surroundings by going to Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden (in Lisdoonvarna), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Scattery Island, go for a walk through Kilkee Cliff Walk, stroll around Burren National Park, and stroll through Drummindoo Stud.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip planner .

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Galway when traveling from Killarney in June, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Bruichladdich.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

County Clare, Westport, Kilkee Cliff Walk, Doughmore Bay, Castlefergus Equestrian
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

1
night
Bruichladdich, United Kingdom

Bruichladdich ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Bruichladdich Distillery and then trek along Machir Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kilchoman Distillery, get a taste of the local shopping with Outback Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Kilnave Cross, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Islay Life, and finally enjoy the sea views from Harbor.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bruichladdich trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Galway to Bruichladdich with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Bruichladdich

Trails Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Islay, Museum of Islay Life, Outback Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Machir Beach ©
Machir Beach
Bruichladdich Distillery ©
Bruichladdich Distillery
Museum of Islay Life ©
Museum of Islay Life

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Kilkenny (Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, stroll around Phoenix Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Dublin trip simple and quick.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bruichladdich to Dublin. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kilkenny
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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