60 days in Ireland, Scandinavia & Scotland Itinerary

60 days in Ireland, Scandinavia & Scotland Itinerary

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60 days in Ireland, Scandinavia & Scotland Itinerary

Start: Louisville, United States
Fly + Bus:  18 h
1
Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Ennis, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Stockholm, Sweden
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Oslo, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
8
Thurso, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Durness, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Louisville, United States

4
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Skellig Michael and St.James Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Slea Head Drive and Dingle Oceanworld. Explore Dingle's surroundings by going to Skelligs Rock (in Portmagee), Dursey Island (in Crookhaven) and St. John's Church (in Tralee). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, take a leisurely stroll along Dun Chaoin Pier, and take in the waterfront activity at Dingle Marina.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dingle visit planning site .

Louisville, USA to Dingle is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Louisville to Dingle due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Louisville, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Dingle, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ennis.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, Dingle Peninsula, Dun Chaoin Pier, St. John's Church, Skellig Michael
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

5
nights
Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Step off the beaten path and head to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Poulnabrone Dolmen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Knappogue Castle and Corcomroe Abbey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ennis: Askeaton Friary (in Askeaton), Listowel Castle (in Listowel) and Atlantic Air Adventures (in Shannon). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, explore the striking landscape at The Burren, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fanore Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ennis road trip planner .

You can drive from Dingle to Ennis in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Ennis

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

County Clare, Caherconnell, Gort, Kilrush, Ballybunion
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Askeaton Friary ©
Askeaton Friary
Carrigafoyle Castle ©
Carrigafoyle Castle

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hook Lighthouse and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Kilkenny Castle and Ferns Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Huntington Castle (in Clonegal), Duckett's Grove (in Carlow) and Waterford (Reginald's Tower, King of the Vikings VR, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Curracloe Beach, contemplate the long history of Loftus Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ennis to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cashel, Waterford, Enniscorthy, Dungarvan, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Head to Grafton Street and Gallery of Photographyfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Donore (Bru na Boinne & Newgrange), Russborough House (in Wicklow) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, don't miss a visit to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, stroll through St. Stephen's Green, and steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dublin itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Dublin sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Donore, Vale of Glendalough, Trim, Russborough House, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

5
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nyhavn and National Museum of Denmark. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Frederiksborg Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Helsingoer (Kronborg & M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark), Fredensborg Palace (in Fredensborg) and Stevns Klint (in Store Heddinge). And it doesn't end there: laugh and play at Tivoli Gardens, wander the streets of Stroeget, make a trip to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetaarn.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip planner .

You can fly from Dublin to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hillerod, Helsingoer, The Karen Blixen Museum, Stevns Klint, Jaegerborg Dyrehave
Highlights from your plan
Kronborg ©
Kronborg
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Frederiksborg Castle ©
Frederiksborg Castle

6
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vasa Museum and Fotografiska. Head to Ostermalm Saluhall and Albert Engstrom Museetfor some retail therapy. Explore Stockholm's surroundings by going to Uppsala (Uppsala Cathedral, Botanical Gardens, & more), Gripsholm Castle (in Mariefred) and The Church of Old Uppsala (in Gamla Uppsala). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Skansen, get engrossed in the history at Nordiska museet, explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and laugh and play at Grona Lunds Tivoli.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Stockholm trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Stockholm are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Uppsala, Skeppsta Hytta, Gripsholm Castle, Skokloster Castle, Albert Engstrom Museet
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Uppsala Domkyrka ©
Uppsala Domkyrka

5
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vigeland Museum and Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Kon-Tiki Museum and Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oslo: Hvitstenstranda Beach (in Vestby), Moss (Moellebyen Industrial Centre & Galleri Henrik Gerner) and Hallanderiet (in Son). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Viking Ship Museum, stroll through Frogner Park, admire the striking features of Rådhuset, and get engrossed in the history at Fram Polar Ship Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Oslo road trip app .

Getting from Stockholm to Oslo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Stockholm in August since evenings lows in Oslo dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Moss, Hvitstenstranda Beach, Foten Beach, Saltholmen, Hallanderiet
Highlights from your plan
Holmenkollen Ski Museum ©
Holmenkollen Ski Museum
Norsk Folkemuseum ©
Norsk Folkemuseum

2
nights
Thurso, United Kingdom

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duncansby Head and Whaligoe Steps. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Castle and Gardens of Mey and Grey Cairns of Camster. Change things up with these side-trips from Thurso: Bettyhill (Farr Beach & Strathnaver Museum), Wick (Old Wick Castle, Hill O' Many Stanes, & more) and Laidhay Croft Museum (in Dunbeath). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Holburn Head Lighthouse, examine the collection at Castlehill Heritage Centre, and take some stellar pictures from Dunnet Head.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Thurso trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oslo to Thurso. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Thurso. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Durness.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wick, Dunnet, Bettyhill, Whaligoe Steps, Canisbay Parish Church
Highlights from your plan
Dunnet Head ©
Dunnet Head
Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust ©
Duncansby Head ©
Duncansby Head

5
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Popular historic sites such as Ardvreck Castle and Castle Varrich are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Balnakeil Craft Village or Highland Stoneware, Baddidarroch. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Loch Assynt (in Lairg), Kinlochbervie (Sandwood Bay Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, & more) and Inchnadamph Old Parish Church Museum, Kirkton, Assynt (in Assynt). There's much more to do: stroll through Durness Beach, tee off at Durness Golf Club, cruise along Drumbeg Loop, and kick back and relax at Balnakeil Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Durness trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thurso to Durness takes 2 hours. September in Durness sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lochinver, Kinlochbervie, Assynt, Tongue, Kylesku
Highlights from your plan
Sandwood Bay Beach
Sandwood Bay Beach
Smoo Cave ©
Smoo Cave
Durness Beach ©
Durness Beach

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some historical perspective at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Fort George. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Distillery Tours and Nairn Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Glen Affric National Nature Reserve (in Cannich), Rogie Falls (in Contin) and Benromach (in Forres). Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, see the interesting displays at Highland Folk Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dornoch Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Cawdor Castle.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip planner .

Traveling by car from Durness to Inverness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nairn, Aberlour, Elgin, Dornoch, Ballindalloch
Highlights from your plan
Fort George
Fort George
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

5
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eilean Donan Castle and Commando Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Augustus and Old Inverlochy Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Conan’s Kirk (in Loch Awe), Glenfinnan Viaduct (in Glenfinnan) and Inveraray (Inveraray Jail & Inveraray Castle). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach, step into the grandiose world of Castle Tioram, enjoy the sea views from Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse, and look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fort William online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Fort William takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Aberfeldy, Glencoe, Oban, Kilmartin, Pitlochry
Highlights from your plan
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Inveraray Castle ©
Inveraray Castle

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Glamis Castle (in Glamis), Melrose (Melrose Abbey & Abbotsford House) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Royal Mile, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh road trip app .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

St. Andrews, Bamburgh, Melrose, Cragside House and Gardens, Farne Islands
Highlights from your plan
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Cragside House and Gardens ©
Cragside House and Gardens

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