31 days in Scotland, Ireland & Wales Itinerary

31 days in Scotland, Ireland & Wales Itinerary

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31 days in Scotland, Ireland & Wales Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Stromness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Conwy, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Rosslyn Chapel and Culzean Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Necropolis and Mount Stuart. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glasgow: Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens (in Blair Atholl), Inveraray Castle (in Inveraray) and The Scottish Crannog Centre (in Kenmore). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Episcopal Churchyard.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Glasgow trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Glasgow is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Glasgow is minus 10 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Glasgow reach 17°C and lows reach 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, Inveraray Castle, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Rosslyn Chapel, Culzean Castle
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Culzean Castle ©
Culzean Castle
Mount Stuart ©
Mount Stuart

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, then delve into the distant past at Ring of Brodgar, then delve into the distant past at Skara Brae, and finally steep yourself in history at Click Mill. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Earl's Palace, delve into the distant past at Earl's Bu, then admire the striking features of Skaill House, and finally delve into the mystery of Standing Stones of Stenness.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Stromness road trip site .

Getting from Glasgow to Stromness by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Glasgow in May, you will find days in Stromness are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stenness, Earl's Palace, Click Mill, 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Culloden Battlefield and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort George and Highland Folk Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Bridge of Oich (in Invergarry) and Fort Augustus Abbey (in Fort Augustus). The adventure continues: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, explore the ancient world of Clava Cairns, and explore the activities along River Ness.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Inverness journey planner .

Getting from Stromness to Inverness by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Inverness sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 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, Culloden Battlefield, Fort Augustus Abbey, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Highland Folk Museum
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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 Irish Military War Museum & Family Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: St Peter's Church (in Drogheda), St. Michael's Church (in Dun Laoghaire) and St. Patrick's Church (in Enniskerry). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Dublin Mountains, visit a coastal fixture at Poolbeg Lighthouse, take an in-depth tour of Irish Family History Centre, and get lost in a book at Marsh's Library.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dublin online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Inverness to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Dublin sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, St Peter's Church, St. Michael's Church, St. Patrick's Church
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Irish Military War Museum & Family Park ©
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 National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. 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 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Augustine's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, and see the interesting displays at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Galway travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can 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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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
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). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Galway to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, Gougane Barra Church, Kerry Cliffs
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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. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Bridgetown Priory, then make a trip to Blarney Stone, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cork travel planner .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. 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

St Colman’s Cathedral, Bridgetown Priory
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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 The City Parish of St John the Baptist and Hopewell Colliery. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathays Cemetery and Bay Island Voyages. Explore Cardiff's surroundings by going to Usk Castle (in Usk), Caerleon Amphitheatre (in Caerleon) and Monnow Bridge and Gate (in Monmouth). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at The University Church, Nazareth House, make a trip to The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon, appreciate the history behind Alliance, and contemplate the long history of Great Chalfield Manor.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cardiff day trip site .

Getting from Cork to Cardiff by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Cardiff, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Conwy.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Caerleon Amphitheatre, Usk Castle, Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Hopewell Colliery, The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon
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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 St John's Methodist Church. Explore hidden gems such as Llangelynin Old Church and Llanbadrig Church. Explore Conwy's surroundings by going to Eglwys St Edern Church (in Bodedern), St. Michael's Old Church (in Betws-y-Coed) and St. Cybi Church (in Holyhead). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Mary & All Saints, 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

Gwydir Castle, Eglwys St Edern Church, Llanbadrig Church, St. Michael's Old Church, St. Cybi 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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