15 days in Scotland & Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

15 days in Scotland & Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
2
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
3
Thurso, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
4
Gairloch, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
5
Mallaig, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
6
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights

2
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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 The Real Mary King's Close. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Holyroodhouse and Georgian House. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, get great views at Calton Hill, and take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online trip maker.

San Francisco, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Edinburgh, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Edinburgh reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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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 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fort George, pick up some local products at Ferintosh Community Market, thendelve into the distant past at Corrimony Chambered Cairn, thentake in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Strathfarrar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, examine the collection at Highland Folk Museum, and then take a peaceful walk through Farigaig Forest.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary website.

Getting from Edinburgh to Inverness by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Thurso.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Glen Strathfarrar, Culloden Battlefield, Highland Folk Museum, Ferintosh Community Market
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Glen Strathfarrar ©
Glen Strathfarrar
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Farigaig Forest ©
Farigaig Forest

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Thurso, United Kingdom

Thurso ©
Thurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland.
On the 13th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Wick Heritage Museum, step into the grandiose world of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canisbay Parish Church, thenexplore the historical opulence of Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, and finally delve into the distant past at Old St Peter's Church. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Clan Gunn Museum, thenmake a trip to Grey Cairns of Camster, thenget engrossed in the history at Castlehill Heritage Centre, and finally enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Thurso trip planner.

Getting from Inverness to Thurso by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Thurso, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Thurso

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wick, Holburn Head Lighthouse, Clan Gunn Museum, Canisbay Parish Church, Grey Cairns of Camster
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Wick Heritage Museum ©
Wick Heritage Museum
Holburn Head Lighthouse ©
Holburn Head Lighthouse
Castlehill Heritage Centre ©
Castlehill Heritage Centre

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Gairloch, United Kingdom

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at Perfume Studio, thentake an in-depth tour of Gairloch Museum, and then stroll through Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): learn about all things military at Russian Arctic Convoy Project, take in the exciting artwork at RhueArt, thentake in breathtaking views at Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, and finally trek along Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gairloch travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thurso to Gairloch takes 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gairloch are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mallaig.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kinlochewe, RhueArt, Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve, Russian Arctic Convoy Project, Perfume Studio
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Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail ©
Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©
Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
Perfume Studio ©
Perfume Studio

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Mallaig, United Kingdom

Mallaig ©
Mallaig ; is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, and then explore the ancient world of Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse, thencontemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Camusdarach Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mallaig vacation planner.

You can drive from Gairloch to Mallaig in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Mallaig

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Camusdarach Beach, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks, Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Camusdarach Beach ©
Camusdarach Beach

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Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, thenview the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, thensee the interesting displays at The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island, and finally delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory. On your second day here, get outside with Slea Head Drive.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dingle road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Mallaig to Dingle takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trips

The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island ©
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

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