39 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

39 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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39 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
+2
Fly + bus + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Thurso, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Durness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Gairloch, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
7
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Ennis, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States


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3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip planning website .

Seattle, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Edinburgh is 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in May: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort William: Morar Beach (in Morar), Ice Factor (in Kinlochleven) and Camusdarach Beach (in Arisaig). There's still lots to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument, and examine the collection at West Highland Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort William road trip planning website .

You can drive from Edinburgh to Fort William in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Commando Monument, Ice Factor, Morar Beach, Loch Linnhe Picnic Area
Highlights from your plan
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Steall Waterfall ©
Steall Waterfall

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Cairngorm Brewery (in Aviemore), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, sample the tasty concoctions at Black Isle Brewery, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Inverness tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Inverness takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Munlochy, Aviemore, Culloden Battlefield, Cairngorms National Park, Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Distillery Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Thurso, United Kingdom

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
On the 5th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Puffin Croft Petting Farm & Farm Shop, take some stellar pictures from Duncansby Head, don't miss a visit to Whaligoe Steps, then take an in-depth tour of Wick Heritage Museum, and finally step aboard Caithness Seacoast Ltd. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunnet Bay, get great views at Dunnet Head, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Melvich Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Thurso trip planner .

You can drive from Inverness to Thurso in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Inverness in June, expect nights in Thurso to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

John O'Groats, Wick, Whaligoe Steps, Dunnet Bay, Melvich Beach
Highlights from your plan
Melvich Beach ©
Melvich Beach
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head
Caithness Seacoast Ltd ©
Caithness Seacoast Ltd

3
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Explore Durness' surroundings by going to Achmelvich Beach (in Lochinver) and Sandwood Bay Beach (in Kinlochbervie). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Durness Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Lotte Glob, don't miss a visit to Cairn House Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Durness trip builder website .

You can drive from Thurso to Durness in 2 hours. June in Durness sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gairloch.

Things to do in Durness

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sandwood Bay Beach, Achmelvich Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Achmelvich Beach ©
Achmelvich Beach
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach

4
nights
Gairloch, United Kingdom

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gairloch: Kishorn Selfie Box (in Strathcarron), Bealach na Ba Viewpoint (in Applecross) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Inverpolly Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Plockton Harbour, hike along Lael Forest Walks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ullapool Hill.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gairloch road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Durness to Gairloch takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Gairloch are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ullapool, Kishorn Selfie Box, Inverewe Garden, Red Point Beach, Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Highlights from your plan
Inverpolly Nature Reserve ©
Inverpolly Nature Reserve
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint ©
Bealach na Ba Viewpoint
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dingle is known for historic sites, wildlife, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Slea Head Drive, enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, get outside with Dingle Peninsula, and head off the coast to Skellig Michael.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Gairloch to Dingle takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Gairloch in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Dingle, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ennis.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

3
nights
Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Explore Ennis' surroundings by going to Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, admire the striking features of Ennis Friary, and examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Ennis trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Ennis in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Ennis, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corofin, County Clare, Cliffs of Moher, Scattery Island, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea), Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Tintern Abbey (in Wexford). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Ennis to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery

5
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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, stroll around St Stephens Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dublin tour planning website .

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Dublin, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

3
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.
Take a break from Galway with a short trip to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden in Kylemore, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter, and stroll through Eyre Square.

Plan my day in Galway using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Galway sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum

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