19 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

19 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
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Cork, Ireland
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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House, explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, then stroll around Kelvingrove Park, and finally stroll around Pollok Country Park. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle, then examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and then admire the natural beauty at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Glasgow online tour planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Glasgow is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Glasgow: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isle of Skye tour builder app.

Getting from Glasgow to Isle of Skye by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Isle of Skye are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Drumnadrochit.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 7:

Drumnadrochit, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Drumnadrochit is a village in the Highland local government council area of Scotland, lying on the west shore of Loch Ness, at the foot of Glen Urquhart.HistoryThe settlement grew up around a bridge over the River Enrick and the name Drumnadrochit derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'druim na drochaid' meaning the 'Ridge of the Bridge'. On the 8th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, then steep yourself in history at Fort Augustus Abbey, and then stop by Iceberg Glass.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Drumnadrochit trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Drumnadrochit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Isle of Skye in March, expect little chillier with lows of 33°F in Drumnadrochit. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Drumnadrochit

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 9th (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, then don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

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Traveling by car from Drumnadrochit to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Galway, Ireland

— 2 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cong (Ashford Castle, Ireland's School of Falconry, &more). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Galway City Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, walk around Eyre Square, and don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galway trip app.

Getting from Edinburgh to Galway by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Galway are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Doolin, Ireland

— 1 night
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, then get great views at Cliffs of Moher, then Head underground at Doolin Cave, and finally make a trip to Poulnabrone Dolmen.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Doolin day trip app.

Traveling by car from Galway to Doolin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Doolin sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

Killarney, Ireland

— 1 night
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 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney route website.

You can drive from Doolin to Killarney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

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.
To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny travel planning website.

Getting from Killarney to Kilkenny by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. On the 16th (Wed), you're off to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

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Cork, Ireland

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cork trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel to Vale of Glendalough.

Things to do in Cork

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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland

— 1 night
If you're seeking a view of Ireland's sweeping scenery, visit the rugged and romantic Vale of Glendalough, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Glendalough Cathedral and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wicklow Mountains National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vale of Glendalough travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cork to Vale of Glendalough in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Vale of Glendalough

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

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: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, walk around St Stephens Green, make a trip to Temple Bar, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin itinerary site.

You can drive from Vale of Glendalough to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Dublin are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

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.

Loch Ness Region travel guide

4.2
Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops · Bodies of Water
Few places in the world have inspired more mystery and wonder than Loch Ness. Famed as the home of the legendary Loch Ness monster, the iconic lake sits in the Scottish Highlands, fringed by rolling hills and dense patches of forest. Many people take a trip to Loch Ness for the chance to catch a glimpse of the mythical beast, allegedly seen countless times by those with a keen eye and vivid imagination--you'll find an endless supply of blurry images to "prove" the monster's existence. Even if you don't believe in Nessie, a trip to Loch Ness offers you the perfect chance to soak up some picturesque Scottish scenery, admire the crumbling ruins of the adjacent castle, and open your mind to the possibilities of the supernatural.

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.