15 days in Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 1 night

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 7th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations 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, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and finally head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

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Chennai, India to Kilkenny is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Kilkenny is minus 5.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Chennai in May, with highs in Kilkenny at 17°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Killarney Falconry, then steep yourself in history at Muckross House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Dingle, Ireland

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 10th (Tue), cruise along Slea Head Drive. On the next day, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then explore and take pictures at Dingle Peninsula.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dingle travel itinerary 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 May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dublin holiday website.

You can fly from Dingle to Dublin in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dingle in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Dublin. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Glasgow.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of The Tenement House, then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, and finally stroll around Kelvingrove Park. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, then see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Glasgow trip maker site.

Getting from Dublin to Glasgow by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, daytime highs in Glasgow are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, and steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

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.