16 days in Scotland, Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Scotland, Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Scotland, Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati, United States
+2
Fly + bus + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train + bus:  8​h 30​min
2
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
6
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Shannon, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Cincinnati, United States


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3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes ScotBeer Tours, Scotch Whisky Bar at The Balmoral and Rosslyn Chapel. Take a break from the city and head to Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh day trip planning tool .

Cincinnati, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. While traveling from Cincinnati, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Nightlife Tours

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Portree Harbour. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, explore the striking landscape at Quiraing (Hill Walk), then take in the dramatic scenery at Lealt Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock, and finally don't miss a visit to Fairy Glen.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye holiday maker app .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In June in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature
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The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr

1
night
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
To plan Inverness vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Belfast.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
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.
You've added Giant's Causeway, St. George's Market, Duke of York, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 27th (Thu), make a trip to Peace Wall, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, then get a taste of local nightlife at Kelly's Cellars, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Duke of York. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Belfast road trip planning app .

Getting from Inverness to Belfast by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Inverness in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Belfast, with lows around 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Nature Nightlife

Side Trip

Giant's Causeway
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Peace Wall ©
Peace Wall

2
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.
You've added Kilmainham Gaol, Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl, Howth Coastal Walk, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and then get the lay of the land with SANDEMANs NEW Dublin, Free Walking Tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin travel planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Belfast in June, plan for little chillier nights in Dublin, with lows around 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Nightlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Howth Coastal Walk
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin
Jameson Distillery Bow St. ©
Jameson Distillery Bow St.

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 list of things to see and do now includes Cliffs of Moher, Galway Cathedral, Salthill Promenade, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher and then don't miss a visit to Quay Street. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Galway trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in July, you will find days in Galway are little chillier (63°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cliffs of Moher
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Muckross House, Ladies' View and Ross Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then make a trip to Ladies' View, then step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and finally appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Killarney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shannon.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

1
night
Shannon, Ireland

Shannon
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Shannon trip planner .

Drive from Killarney to Shannon in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Shannon are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Shannon

Nightlife Outdoors Historic Sites
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