36 days in Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

36 days in Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 2 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Colclough Walled Garden (in Saltmills), Royal Oak Distillery (in Carlow) and Waterford (Waterford Greenway, King of the Vikings, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny day trip tool.

London, UK to Kilkenny is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Kenmare (Old Kenmare Road, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Beara Way (in Glengarriff). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Muckross House, contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, and sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. The adventure continues: cruise along Dingle Peninsula, stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, and steep yourself in history at Kilmalkedar Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle road trip app.

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 November, daytime highs in Dingle are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Liscannor.
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Liscannor, Ireland — 2 nights

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 11th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, then stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then get great views at Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at The Farmyard, then stroll around Burren National Park, and then make a trip to Poulnabrone Dolmen.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Liscannor trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Liscannor takes 3.5 hours. November in Liscannor sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry & The Quiet Man Museum) and Ennis Friary (in Ennis). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church, make a trip to Quay Street, and get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Westport.
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Westport, Ireland — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Westport House, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, then get outside with Belleek Castle Museum, and finally head outdoors with Atlantic Drive.

To find out how to plan a trip to Westport, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 5 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stroll around Phoenix Park, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

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Getting from Westport to Dublin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Glasgow.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Get out of town with these interesting Glasgow side-trips: Stirling (Stirling Castle, Stirling Distillery, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, bet on your favorite at Glasgow Tigers Speedway, appreciate the history behind The Paisley Cenotaph, and take in the pleasant sights at Buchanan Street.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Dublin to Glasgow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Inverness.
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Nairn Beach (in Nairn), Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris (in Aviemore) and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kincraig). Next up on the itinerary: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, stop by WoodWinters Wines & Whiskies, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Ness, and walk around Bellfield Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Inverness journey builder app.

Getting from Glasgow to Inverness by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 6 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pickering's Gin Distillery, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planner.

Drive from Inverness to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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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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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