15 days in Ireland, Scotland & England Itinerary

15 days in Ireland, Scotland & England Itinerary

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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 2 nights

Marble City

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then contemplate the long history of Ormond Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Well.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Kilkenny is 5 hours. While traveling from Atlanta, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Kilkenny, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

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 Carrolls Irish Giftsfor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience and Chester Beatty. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dublin route builder.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 43°F in Dublin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Castle and The Necropolis. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The Glasgow School of Art. When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see The Tenement House in Glasgow, approximately Glasgow away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holyrood Abbey, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, and contemplate the long history of Dean Village.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh online holiday planner.

Getting from Dublin to Edinburgh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trip

London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get some cultural insight at Wallace Collection and The British Museum. HMS Belfast and Natural History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: stop by Westminster, get engrossed in the history at British Library, admire the masterpieces at Sir John Soane's Museum, and make a trip to Big Ben.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our London trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in London sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.