17 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
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Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
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Westport, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 3 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Arthur's Seat and Dalhousie Castle Falconry. Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Old Town are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, contemplate the long history of Georgian House, and admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip maker app.

Austin, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Austin to Edinburgh. When traveling from Austin in October, plan for colder days in Edinburgh, with highs around 56°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Inverness.
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 1 day

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, contemplate the long history of Urquhart Castle, then explore the activities along Loch Ness, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Inverness day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Inverness takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Inverness are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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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 12th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing, and then explore the activities along The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle and then get a dose of the wild on Calum's Seal Trips.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Isle of Skye trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fort William.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Fort William, United Kingdom — 1 night

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. For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fort William travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Fort William in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 14th (Fri), you're off to Glasgow.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 1 night

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the striking features of The Tenement House, then admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then make a trip to Buchanan Street. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Phoenix Falconry, step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Milngavie Reservoirs.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glasgow vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Glasgow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

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 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then contemplate the long history of Dublin Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple Bar. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Irish Whiskey Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, and finally gain interesting insight with Vagabond Tours.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dublin online attractions planner.

You can fly from Glasgow to Dublin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 1 night

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 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally head outdoors with Hawkeye School of Falconry.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kilkenny day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Killarney road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 1 night

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St James' Church.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 1 night

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galway trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Galway sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 44°F at night. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Westport.
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Westport, Ireland — 1 night

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get in on the family fun at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House, contemplate the long history of Westport House, then ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and finally see majestic marine mammals with Westport Cruises.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Westport trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Westport sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at GPO Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and finally wander the streets of Grafton Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin travel planner.

You can drive from Westport to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Scotland travel guide

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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.
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Ireland travel guide

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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.
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