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
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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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Ormond Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Well.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny day trip planning tool.

Atlanta, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to Kilkenny, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Atlanta in May, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Kilkenny: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience. Step off the beaten path and head to Chester Beatty and GPO Museum. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take a stroll through Grafton Street, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and get engrossed in the history at The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, Dublin is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can 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.
Appreciate the collections at Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Surgeons' Hall Museums. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Abbey. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Glasgow (The Necropolis, The Tenement House, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Dean Village, sample the fine beverages at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and step into the grandiose world of Craigmillar Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wallace Collection and HMS Belfast. Explore hidden gems such as Westminster and St. Paul's Cathedral. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from The Monument to the Great Fire of London, and explore the world behind art at Sir John Soane's Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in London can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. 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.