26 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

26 days in Ireland, England & Scotland Itinerary

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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Glencolmcille, Ireland
— 1 day
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Bristol, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dover, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Well, take an in-depth tour of Fethard Horse Country Experience, steep yourself in history at Rock of Cashel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holycross Abbey, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Kilkenny at 63°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Glencolmcille.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Glencolmcille, Ireland

— 1 day
Gleann Cholm Cille is a coastal district in the southwest Gaeltacht of County Donegal in Ulster, Ireland. On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Glencolmcille - Tower loop, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Strand Beach, contemplate the long history of Glencolmcille Folk Village, then appreciate the history behind Clocha na hEireann, and finally take some stellar pictures from Slieve League.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Glencolmcille attractions site.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Glencolmcille takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Glencolmcille

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:

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.
You'll explore and learn at Craggaunowen and Burren Exposure. Step out of the city life by going to Burren National Park and Climbing Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Quin Abbey (in Quin), Ennis Friary (in Ennis) and Burren Birds of Prey Centre (in Ballyvaughan). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, examine the collection at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, and explore the ancient world of Kilmacduagh Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galway attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Glencolmcille to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Glencolmcille in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Galway, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Guinness Storehouse and Glendalough Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Malahide Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Vagabond Tours (in Greystones), Bray (Bray Head & Cliff Walk Car Park Bray) and Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, steep yourself in history at Trim Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin route app.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. June in Dublin sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bristol.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 1:

Bristol, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Bristol is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, street art, underground music, maritime history, and the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
On the 2nd (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at The Forest of Dean, examine the collection at Hopewell Colliery, then explore the striking landscape at Symonds Yat Rock, then step into the grandiose world of Goodrich Castle, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mary Redcliffe Church, get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, admire the masterpieces at American Museum & Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Lacock Abbey, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Castle Combe Village.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bristol trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Dublin to Bristol in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Bristol

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hampton Court Palace and Wallace Collection. IWM Duxford and British Library will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Mercedes-Benz World (in Weybridge) and Cambridge (Fitzwilliam Museum & Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Cutty Sark, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Royal Naval College, explore the world behind art at The Courtauld Gallery, and catch a live event at Lord's Cricket Ground.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our London journey planning tool.

Getting from Bristol to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in London, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Dover.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Dover, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. On the 8th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Dover Museum, contemplate the long history of Secret Wartime Tunnels, then examine the collection at St Margaret's Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Micro Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of St Augustine, then learn about all things military at Deal Maritime & Local History Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Walmer Castle and Gardens.

Plan a Dover trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Take a train from London to Dover in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Dover are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dover

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of Scotland will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rosslyn Chapel and Grassmarket. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, contemplate the long history of Dean Village, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Dover to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dover in July, Edinburgh is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Classes · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 13th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, then examine the collection at The Museum of Piping, then get engrossed in the history at The Tenement House, and finally cool off at Pinkston Watersports.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glasgow travel planning app.

Drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Glasgow sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.

England travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

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.