23 days in Ireland, Scotland & Northern England Itinerary

23 days in Ireland, Scotland & Northern England Itinerary

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23 days in Ireland, Scotland & Northern England Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Bus:  14 h
1
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
4
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
6
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cobh Cathedral and Cobh Heritage Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Ladies' View. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Cobh (Titanic Experience Cobh & St Colman’s Cathedral). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, and take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip maker tool.

Chicago, USA to Killarney is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In June, Killarney is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cobh, Kerry Cliffs, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
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Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

3
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rock of Cashel and Hore Abbey. Popular historic sites such as Hook Lighthouse and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Tintern Abbey (in Wexford), St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard (in Cashel) and Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (in Waterford). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kilkenny road trip site.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cashel, Cahir Castle, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Ballyhack Castle, Hook Lighthouse
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Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Chester Beatty. Get some cultural insight at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Trim Castle in Trim--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, stroll the grounds of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Áras an Uachtaráin.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin online travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Dublin, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hill of Tara (Temair), Trim Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

1
night
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 17th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Staffin Fossil Museum, take an in-depth tour of Skye Museum of Island Life, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Quiraing. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Portree Harbour, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kilt Rock.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Isle of Skye road trip planning app.

Getting from Dublin to Isle of Skye by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Dublin in June, you will find days in Isle of Skye are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Museums
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Skye Museum of Island Life ©
Skye Museum of Island Life
Staffin Fossil Museum ©
Staffin Fossil Museum
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing

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Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some historical perspective at Culloden Battlefield and Cawdor Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort George and The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Newtonmore (Fused and Light & Highland Folk Museum), Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore) and Cairngorm Brewery (in Aviemore). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey, contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Ness, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and get outside with General Wade’s Military Roads.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Inverness online tour planner.

Drive from Isle of Skye to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. In June in Inverness, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to York.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aviemore, Newtonmore, Fort Augustus, Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness
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Fort George
Fort George
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Highland Folk Museum ©
Highland Folk Museum

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York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Let the collections at The York Dungeon and Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum capture your imagination. Visit Fountains Abbey and Scarborough Castle for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from York: Ripon Cathedral (in Ripon) and Streetlife Museum of Transport (in Kingston-upon-Hull). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to York Shambles, take an in-depth tour of National Railway Museum, and examine the collection at Pandora's Box Antiques and Oddities.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read York road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Inverness to York in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ripon, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Streetlife Museum of Transport, Scarborough Castle
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Ripon Cathedral ©
Ripon Cathedral
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum ©

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edinburgh Castle and Melrose Abbey. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like National Wallace Monument and The Old Town Jail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Stirling Castle (in Stirling), Doune Castle (in Doune) and Jedburgh (Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre & Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk, and view the masterpieces at The Red Door Gallery.

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Getting from York to Edinburgh by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Stirling, Jedburgh, Melrose Abbey
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Doune Castle ©
Doune Castle
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum ©
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

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