21 days in Scotland, Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Scotland, Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Scotland, Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Glencoe, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Trossachs, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 30​min
9
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Blarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
14
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Vancouver, Canada


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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Scotch Whisky Experience as well as Arthur's Seat. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, explore the historical opulence of Holyrood Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, then make a trip to The Royal Mile, then steep yourself in history at Real Mary King's Close, and finally sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh day trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Edinburgh is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vancouver in August: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 65°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to St. Andrews.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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hours
St. Andrews, United Kingdom

St. Andrews ©
For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the St. Andrews tour planning site .

Drive from Edinburgh to St. Andrews in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Pitlochry.

Things to do in St. Andrews

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites
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St Andrews Links ©
St Andrews Links

1
night
Pitlochry, United Kingdom

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Watermill as well as Blair Athol Distillery. On the 24th (Sat), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blair Athol Distillery and then shop like a local with The Watermill.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pitlochry trip planner .

Getting from St. Andrews to Pitlochry by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Shopping Museums Breweries

Side Trip

The Watermill
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Blair Athol Distillery ©
Blair Athol Distillery

1
night
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Urquhart Castle, Clava Cairns and Inverness Castle. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Clava Cairns, and finally step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Inverness online travel planner .

You can drive from Pitlochry to Inverness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Culloden Battlefield, Glen Ord Distillery Visitor Centre & Whisky Shop, Rogie Falls, Clava Cairns, Urquhart Castle
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
River Ness ©
River Ness
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

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nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Isle of Skye Oysters, The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye and Lealt Falls.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Isle of Skye trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. August in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Glencoe.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Nature Parks Shopping
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Lealt Falls ©
Lealt Falls
The Oyster Shed ©
The Oyster Shed

1
night
Glencoe, United Kingdom

Glencoe ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): appreciate the views at Glencoe, trek along Lost Valley Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The Glencoe Massacre Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct and then explore the activities along Loch Linnhe.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glencoe trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Glencoe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Glencoe sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Trossachs.

Things to do in Glencoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Loch Linnhe, Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glencoe ©
Glencoe
Loch Linnhe ©
Loch Linnhe

1
night
Trossachs, United Kingdom

Trossachs ©
The Trossachs is a small woodland glen in the Stirling council area of Scotland. On the 29th (Thu), stop by The Olde Christmas Shoppe.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Trossachs travel route planner.

Drive from Glencoe to Trossachs in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Trossachs

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Doune Castle, Falls of Dochart
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Falls of Dochart ©
Falls of Dochart
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stirling Castle, The Necropolis and The Kelpies & The Helix. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paisley Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Stirling Castle and then get outside with The Kelpies & The Helix.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Glasgow travel route planner .

You can drive from Trossachs to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. In August in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Kelpies & The Helix, Stirling Castle, Paisley Abbey
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The Necropolis ©
The Necropolis
The Kelpies & The Helix ©
The Kelpies & The Helix
Glasgow West End ©
Glasgow West End

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nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Titanic Belfast has been added to your itinerary.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Belfast online road trip planner .

Getting from Glasgow to Belfast by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Belfast are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Somme Heritage Centre
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
W5 ©
W5
Somme Heritage Centre ©
Somme Heritage Centre

1
night
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Galway Bay. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Claregalway Castle and then explore the activities along Galway Bay.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Belfast to Galway in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Claregalway Castle
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Galway Bay ©
Galway Bay
Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Claregalway Castle ©
Claregalway Castle

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nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dick Mack's as well as St.James Church. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, steep yourself in history at Riasc, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, then take in the exciting artwork at The Carol Cronin Gallery, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Dick Mack's.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Dingle online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Dingle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Slea Head Drive
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Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

1
night
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Killarney, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Blarney.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

1
night
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Blarney tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Killarney to Blarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Blarney can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cork City Gaol
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
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 Wicklow Mountains Tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Blarney to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Dublin, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Wicklow Mountains Tour ©
Wicklow Mountains Tour
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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