18 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 4 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: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, visit Temple Bar, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and stroll around Phoenix Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip planning website.

Atlanta, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Dublin is 5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in May: highs in Dublin hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Killarney.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, then stroll through Killarney Falconry, then stroll through Muckross House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church of Ireland.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Dublin to Killarney by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Killarney are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Galway, Ireland

— 3 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Doolin Pier (in Doolin), The Burren Smokehouse, (in Lisdoonvarna) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, walk around Burren National Park, and step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galway vacation planning site.

Drive from Killarney to Galway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Galway sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 22nd (Sun), snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, then cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bushmills trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Galway to Bushmills takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Belfast, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at City Hall, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, then admire all the interesting features of Coast Rd, and finally brush up on your military savvy at War Years Remembered (War Museum).

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Belfast online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Side Trips

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh holiday maker tool.

You can fly from Belfast to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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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.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.

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.