13 days in Scotland, London & Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Scotland, London & Ireland Itinerary

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
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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.
You've added Crookston Castle, The Necropolis, Glasgow Cathedral, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll the grounds of The Necropolis, then explore the historical opulence of Crookston Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Glasgow West End.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip maker tool.

Chicago, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Glasgow, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Glasgow is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You've added Jedburgh Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, Dean Village, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Greenknowe Tower, delve into the distant past at Jedburgh Abbey, then view the masterpieces at Carson Clark Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Dean Village. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holyrood Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and finally steep yourself in history at Hopetoun House.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh day trip website.

You can drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Red Moon Cruises as well as Falls of Glomach. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Falls of Glomach, contemplate the long history of Eilean Donan Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, and finally head outdoors with Red Moon Cruises.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyle of Lochalsh online trip maker.

Drive from Edinburgh to Kyle of Lochalsh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inverness.
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You've now added Fort George to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort George, then look for gifts at Highland House of Fraser, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Corrimony Chambered Cairn, step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, and then awaken your taste buds at Highland Malt Whisky Experience.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Inverness online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

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 day by day itinerary now includes Leeds Castle as well as Buckingham Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Wallace Collection and The Monument to the Great Fire of London. Get some historical perspective at Highgate Cemetery and Rochester Castle. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, browse the eclectic array of goods at Borough Market, and make a trip to Tower of London.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our London trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Inverness to London by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Inverness in October since evenings lows in London dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for gifts at Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Gold, then stroll around Eyre Square, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Galway online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from London to Galway in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from London in November, you will find days in Galway are little chillier (47°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saint Patrick's Cathedral as well as The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Dublinia, and finally see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Carrolls Irish Gifts, then take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church, and finally wander the streets of Grafton Street.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly 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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Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.
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Ireland travel guide

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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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