17 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Train to Galway, Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 1 night
Ferry
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Doolin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Dalhousie Castle Falconry and BobCat Alpacas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Town Hall and Town Gaol Berwick upon Tweed and Church of St John the Evangelist. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Berwick upon Tweed (The Lowry Trail, Royal Border Bridge, &more) and Old Temple Kirk (in Temple). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Canongate Kirk and explore the historical opulence of Rosslyn Castle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh road trip planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Edinburgh is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Edinburgh, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

3
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Dublin, Ireland

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.
Visiting Bray Head and Dublin Falconry will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Mellifont Abbey and Hill of Slane are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (in Dalkey) and Irish Military War Museum & Family Park (in Starinagh). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Audoen's Church, ride a horse along The Paddocks Riding Centre, take in the awesome beauty at Dublin Mountains, and steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Tower.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin travel route builder site.

Getting from Edinburgh to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. July in Dublin sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Inishmore, Ireland

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 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilmurvey Beach, explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, then delve into the distant past at Dun Eochla, and finally make a trip to Teampall Chiarain.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inishmore trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and ferry from Dublin to Inishmore takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Doolin.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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Doolin, Ireland

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Get some historical perspective at Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses and Gleninagh Castle and Fulacht Fiadh. Visiting Doolin Pitch & Putt and Backwest Adventures will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Spanish Point Beach in Miltown Malbay (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: hike along Beauty Of The Burren Walks, take in nature's colorful creations at Doolin Garden and Nursery, take an in-depth tour of Burren Exposure, and explore the galleries of Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge..

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Doolin online holiday builder.

You can ride a ferry from Inishmore to Doolin in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Doolin

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

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Dingle, Ireland

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Coumeenoole Beach and Kilmalkedar Church. St. Mary's Church and Dunbeg Fort will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see what you can catch with Dingle Boat Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take a leisurely stroll along Dun Chaoin Pier.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Dingle road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Dingle are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
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Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the views at Nore Valley Walking Route, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, then view the masterpieces at VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Friary. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawkeye Falconry, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online trip builder.

You can drive from Dingle to Kilkenny in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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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.

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.