8 days in Scotland, London & Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Scotland, London & Ireland Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights


Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and finally explore the striking landscape at Calton Hill.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Edinburgh route maker tool.

New York City, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Edinburgh to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

London, United Kingdom

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, and finally stroll around St. James's Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the London trip builder app.

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in London sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, take a stroll through Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from London to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from London in September, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Scotland travel guide

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

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.