15 days in Scotland, Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cong, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, stop by Edinburgh Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

Asheville, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Asheville in May, things will get a bit cooler in Edinburgh: highs are around 58°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Inverness.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 5th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Clava Cairns, then don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield, and then learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Highland House of Fraser, explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, explore the activities along Loch Ness, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally admire the natural beauty at Cavell Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inverness visit planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Inverness are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Belfast.
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Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 2 nights

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
On the 7th (Tue), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at City Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Belfast travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Inverness to Belfast in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Inverness in May, Belfast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 2 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 find plenty of places to visit near Galway: The Woollen Market (in Ennis) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Quay Street, stroll around Eyre Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Galway travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Galway takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Galway are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Cong.
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Cong, Ireland — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Cong: The Lost Valley (in Louisburgh) and Leenane (Killary Sheep Farm & Connemara Seaweed Baths).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cong road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Galway to Cong takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Scotland travel guide

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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.
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
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.
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County Mayo travel guide

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Biking Trails · Nightlife · Scenic Drive
Along Ireland's west coast, County Mayo is characterized by small towns, dramatic seaside cliffs, and classic Irish hospitality. With no main city, the county instead offers a selection of charming towns and villages, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Irish culture at a slower pace. The unspoiled nature, from rugged islands and prehistoric landscapes to jagged cliffs and blanket boglands, are a highlight here.
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