16 days in County Dublin, Western Ireland & Edinburgh Itinerary

16 days in County Dublin, Western Ireland & Edinburgh Itinerary

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16 days in County Dublin, Western Ireland & Edinburgh Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sligo, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Westport, Ireland
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3​h
5
Achill Island, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h
End: Denver, United States

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, then make a trip to Temple Bar, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and finally stroll around St Stephens Green. Here are some ideas for day two: get advice or help at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and then take an in-depth tour of The Little Museum of Dublin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin online journey planner.

Denver, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Denver in June: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 64°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
The Little Museum of Dublin ©
The Little Museum of Dublin

3
nights
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Knocknarea and Tobernalt Holy Well. Get in touch with nature at Strandhill Beach and Ross Beach. Step out of Sligo to go to Killala and see Moyne Abbey, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dunmoran Strand, look for gifts at Michael Quirke - Wood Carver, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey, and step off the mainland to explore Inishmurray Island.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sligo travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Dublin to Sligo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in June, Sligo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Killala
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Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Dunmoran Strand ©
Dunmoran Strand

3
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Escape the urban bustle at Dog's Bay Beach and Glassilaun Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery. Step out of Westport to go to Galway and see Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, and explore the galleries of The Quay Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport trip planner.

Getting from Sligo to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in June, Westport is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballintubber Abbey, Glassilaun Beach, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

2
nights
Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, trek along The Wormhole, and then stroll through Kilmurvey Beach. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, and then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore day trip site.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Westport to Inishmore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

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nights
Achill Island, Ireland

Achill Island ©
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Deserted Village and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Keel Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Achill Island trip maker.

Getting from Inishmore to Achill Island by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. June in Achill Island sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village
McLoughlins Bar ©
McLoughlins Bar

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the galleries of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and then wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seacliff Beach, and then don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Achill Island to Edinburgh. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Seacliff Beach
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Seacliff Beach ©
Seacliff Beach
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town

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