17 days in Scotland & Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 1 night

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, then explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and then walk around Kelvingrove Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Glasgow tour site.

Edmonton, Canada to Glasgow is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Glasgow are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Inverness.
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Museums · Parks
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 10th (Sun), expand your understanding of the military at Fort George, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then stroll around Ness Islands. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at River Ness, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then get a dose of the wild on Cairngorm Reindeer Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness vacation planner.

You can drive from Glasgow to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 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, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calton Hill.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Getting from Inverness to Edinburgh by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Galway.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Galway, Ireland — 3 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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Clare Coastal Walk Project (in Doolin), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Ireland's School of Falconry (in Cong). Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Lahinch Golf Club, explore the activities along Galway Bay, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, and stroll through Eyre Square.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Galway in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kinsale.
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Kinsale, Ireland — 2 nights

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 19th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, then take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and finally play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kinsale journey planner.

You can drive from Galway to Kinsale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 2 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kilmalkedar Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, then stroll through Coumeenoole Beach, and finally make a trip to Eask Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at Dingle Crystal, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then don't miss a visit to Fahan BeeHive Huts, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James' Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Dingle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 2 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Muckross House.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Killarney trip website.

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Killarney are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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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