15 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

15 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h
6
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland


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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, and finally view the masterpieces at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Columba's Church, then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, then step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, and finally stroll through Powerscourt Gardens and House.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip builder app .

In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St Columba's Church, Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Trim Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

1
night
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Dunblane Cathedral and then pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Provand's Lordship, then take an in-depth tour of The Tenement House, then contemplate the long history of The Mackintosh House, and finally take a stroll through Glasgow West End.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip planner .

You can fly from Dublin to Glasgow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Glasgow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dunblane Cathedral
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Dunblane Cathedral ©
Dunblane Cathedral
The Mackintosh House ©
The Mackintosh House
The Tenement House ©
The Tenement House

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dean Village and Jedburgh Abbey. Visit The Birks of Aberfeldy and Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre (in Jedburgh) and Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines (in Errol). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirk, steep yourself in history at Georgian House, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by train from Glasgow to Edinburgh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Jedburgh, The Birks of Aberfeldy, Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines
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Jedburgh Abbey ©
Jedburgh Abbey
Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines ©
Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum ©
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church, step into the grandiose world of Inverness Castle, then steep yourself in history at Fort George, then examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), and finally explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, take in the dramatic scenery at Rogie Falls, then contemplate the long history of Beauly Priory, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For reviews and tourist information, use the Inverness trip planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Inverness, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Beauly Priory, Rogie Falls, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield
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Fort George
Fort George
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

3
nights
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 11th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Trotternish Ridge, step into the grandiose world of Duntulm Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Eilean Donan Castle. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Uig Pottery and then explore the historical opulence of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye holiday planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. In May in Isle of Skye, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galway.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens ©
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Duntulm Castle ©
Duntulm Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galway tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Galway takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Tyrone House
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Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Tyrone House ©
Tyrone House

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiate Church Of St. Mary, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ballycotton Cliff Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

Discover how to plan a Cork trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Collegiate Church Of St. Mary
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Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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