31 days in Scotland, Ireland & Wales Itinerary

31 days in Scotland, Ireland & Wales Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Stromness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Conwy, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  28 h
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
nights
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rosslyn Chapel and The Necropolis. Get some cultural insight at Inveraray Castle and Mount Stuart. Venture out of the city with trips to The Scottish Crannog Centre (in Kenmore), Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens (in Blair Atholl) and Culzean Castle (in Maybole). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Episcopal Churchyard.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Glasgow trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Glasgow is an approximately 28- 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 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in May, expect Glasgow to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Stromness.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pitlochry, Rosslyn Chapel, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Inveraray Castle, Mount Stuart
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle
The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre

2
nights
Stromness, United Kingdom

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Maeshowe, delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then explore the ancient world of Skara Brae, and finally contemplate the long history of Click Mill. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Earl's Palace, delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu, then admire the landmark architecture of Skaill House, and finally contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Stromness trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Glasgow to Stromness in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Glasgow in May: highs in Stromness hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stenness, Click Mill, Earl's Palace, Earl's Bu
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Maeshowe ©
Maeshowe
Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness ©
Standing Stones of Stenness

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Fort Augustus Abbey. Step off the beaten path and head to Distillery Tours and Highland Folk Museum. Step out of Inverness to go to Invergarry and see Bridge of Oich, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fort George, delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and explore the activities along River Ness.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Inverness route planning site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Stromness to Inverness in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In May in Inverness, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bridge of Oich, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Fort Augustus Abbey, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns
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Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey
Fort George
Fort George

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin and Dublin Mountains. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and National Library of Ireland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: St Peter's Church (in Drogheda), Irish Military War Museum & Family Park (in Starinagh) and St. Patrick's Church (in Enniskerry). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Poolbeg Lighthouse, admire the striking features of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, get lost in a book at Marsh's Library, and take in the views from Samuel Beckett Bridge.

Before you visit Dublin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

St Peter's Church, Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, St. Michael's Church, St. Patrick's Church
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Irish Military War Museum & Family Park ©
Irish Military War Museum & Family Park
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin ©
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Aughnanure Castle and St. Augustine's Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Royal Abbey of Cong and Oranmore Castle. Take a break from Galway with a short trip to Monk's Fishing House in Cong, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, see the interesting displays at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway day trip planning app.

Getting from Dublin to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Galway, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Cong, Ballintubber Abbey, Aughnanure Castle, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Visit St. Mary's Cathedral and Gougane Barra Church for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Killarney Falconry and Carrantoohil. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Cahersiveen (Kells Bay House & Gardens, Cahergall Fort, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, take some stellar pictures from Moll's Gap, and browse the exhibits of Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Killarney tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, Kerry Cliffs, Gougane Barra Church
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Cahergall Fort ©
Cahergall Fort
Old Abbey of the Holy Cross ©
Old Abbey of the Holy Cross

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
You've now added Blarney Stone to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Bridgetown Priory, then don't miss a visit to Blarney Stone, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cork online holiday planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In May in Cork, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cardiff.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bridgetown Priory, St Colman’s Cathedral
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Saint Francis Church ©
Saint Francis Church
St. Oliver's Cemetery ©
St. Oliver's Cemetery

4
nights
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hopewell Colliery and The University Church, Nazareth House. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathays Cemetery and Bay Island Voyages. Explore Cardiff's surroundings by going to Caerleon Amphitheatre (in Caerleon), Usk Castle (in Usk) and Monnow Bridge and Gate (in Monmouth). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The City Parish of St John the Baptist, get a sense of history and politics at Pierhead Building, get your game on at ImmotionVR, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cardiff trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cork to Cardiff in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Cardiff can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Conwy.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hopewell Colliery, Usk Castle, Caerleon Amphitheatre, The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon, Great Chalfield Manor
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Hopewell Colliery ©
Hopewell Colliery
Usk Castle ©
Usk Castle
Caerleon Amphitheatre ©
Caerleon Amphitheatre

4
nights
Conwy, United Kingdom

Conwy ©
Conwy is a walled market town and community in Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales. Get a sense of the local culture at Smallest House in Britain and Church of St Mary & All Saints. Explore hidden gems such as St John's Methodist Church and St Tysilio's Church. Explore Conwy's surroundings by going to Llanbadrig Church (in Cemaes Bay), Eglwys St Edern Church (in Bodedern) and St. Cybi Church (in Holyhead). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Llangelynin Old Church, browse the exhibits of Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, identify plant and animal life at Bodlondeb Woods Local Nature Reserve, and get a sense of history and politics at Conwy Guildhall.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Conwy road trip planning site.

You can drive from Cardiff to Conwy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Conwy are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Conwy

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Llanbadrig Church, Gwydir Castle, Eglwys St Edern Church, St Tysilio's Church, St. Michael's Old Church
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Smallest House in Britain ©
Smallest House in Britain
St. Cybi Church ©
St. Cybi Church
Gwydir Castle ©
Gwydir Castle

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