17 days in Scotland, Wales & Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland, Wales & Ireland Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Beaumaris, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Town Hall and Town Gaol Berwick upon Tweed and Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard. Escape the urban bustle at The Lowry Trail and Gullane Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: North Berwick Golf Club (in North Berwick) and Gullane Golf Club (in Gullane). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canongate Kirk, examine the collection at People's Story, and get to know the fascinating history of New Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh vacation builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Edinburgh is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Edinburgh. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Edinburgh, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Aviemore.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Aviemore, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Aviemore is a town and tourist resort, situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tee off at Boat of Garten Golf Club, look for all kinds of wild species at Boat of Garten Community Garden, then snap pictures at The Old Packhorse Bridge, then delve into the distant past at Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle, and finally take an exotic tour of Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aviemore trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Edinburgh to Aviemore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Aviemore

Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf · Tours

Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Cuillin, then make a trip to Plockton Harbour, and then surround yourself with nature on Plockton Seal Trips. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Skye Batiks, admire the sheer force of Lealt Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Trotternish Ridge, then step into the grandiose world of Duntulm Castle, and finally make a trip to Flora MacDonald's Grave.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Isle of Skye itinerary app.

You can drive from Aviemore to Isle of Skye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Aviemore in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Isle of Skye, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Fort William, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Peace Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church, then appreciate the history behind Seated Sculpture, then stroll around Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre, and finally take a memorable drive along Road to the Isles. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Inchree Waterfalls, get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Glencoe Lochan.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort William trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Fort William takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Llandudno.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Llandudno, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve, awaken your taste buds at The Grape to Glass Wine Shop and Tasting Room, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Trillo's Parish Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Star Of The Sea Roman Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Llandudno trip maker site.

You can drive from Fort William to Llandudno in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Llandudno can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Beaumaris.

Things to do in Llandudno

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Beaumaris, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Beaumaris is a former royal borough, a community, and the former county town of Anglesey, Wales. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Din Lligwy, kick back and relax at Porth Swtan/Church Bay Beach, then head outdoors with Cemlyn Bay Lagoon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Llanbadrig Church, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Parys Mountain. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of RNLI Moelfre Lifeboat Station, then look for gifts at Janet Bell Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Castle Gardens Beaumaris, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Beaumaris Courthouse.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Beaumaris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Llandudno to Beaumaris takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Beaumaris

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): try your luck at Killarney Races, identify plant and animal life at Falconry Kerry, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally browse the exhibits of Peter Cox Photography Gallery. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, then sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lough Leane.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney road trip planning website.

You can drive from Beaumaris to Killarney in 7 hours. In July, daytime highs in Killarney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Audoen's Church, tee off at Portmarnock Golf Club, then explore the striking landscape at Howth Hills, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Dublin Mountains, then take in the awesome beauty at Killiney Hill, then step into the grandiose world of Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, and finally ride a horse along The Paddocks Riding Centre.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Killarney to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Dublin when traveling from Killarney in July, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.

Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.

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.