15 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Scotland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10 h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Pitlochry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
National Museum of Scotland and Jedburgh Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. National Wallace Monument and Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Edinburgh: Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum (in Jedburgh), Doune Castle (in Doune) and The Old Town Jail (in Stirling). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Inchcolm Abbey and Island, don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Edinburgh day trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Edinburgh is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Edinburgh, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Edinburgh is little chillier than Toronto - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pitlochry.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Jedburgh, Stirling
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National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum ©
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum
Jedburgh Abbey ©
Jedburgh Abbey

2
nights
Pitlochry, United Kingdom

Pitlochry ©
Pitlochry is a burgh in the county of Perthshire in Scotland, lying on the River Tummel. On the 1st (Thu), contemplate the long history of The Scottish Crannog Centre, then visit Queen's View Visitor Centre, and then step into the grandiose world of Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines, then get to know the fascinating history of The Birks of Aberfeldy, and then sample the fine beverages at The Glenturret Distillery.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pitlochry trip planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Pitlochry in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Fort William.

Things to do in Pitlochry

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Scottish Crannog Centre, The Glenturret Distillery, The Birks of Aberfeldy, Cairn O'Mohr Fruit Wines
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The Scottish Crannog Centre ©
The Scottish Crannog Centre
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens ©
Blair Castle and Hercules Gardens
The Birks of Aberfeldy ©
The Birks of Aberfeldy

2
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Fort William, United Kingdom

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel, steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind The Glencoe Massacre Monument, then admire the verdant scenery at Glen Coe, then identify plant and animal life at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, and finally pause for some photo ops at Commando Monument.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fort William day trip planning app .

You can drive from Pitlochry to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Commando Monument
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Glenfinnan Viaduct ©
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
West Highland Museum ©
West Highland Museum

2
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.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr, then explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at The Quiraing. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Neist Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Claigan Coral Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Isle of Skye travel planner.

You can drive from Fort William to Isle of Skye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Beaches
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The Old Man of Storr ©
The Old Man of Storr
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

1
night
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fort George, stroll through Nairn Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Culloden Battlefield.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Inverness day trip website .

Traveling by car from Isle of Skye to Inverness takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. October in Inverness sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nairn, Culloden Battlefield
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Fort George
Fort George
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle

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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 8th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, then don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and finally take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Photographic Archive, then admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and finally see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Inverness to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Dublin are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Killarney.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, then steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, and finally make a trip to Ladies' View. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs and then appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Killarney trip planner.

You can take a train from Dublin to Killarney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerry Cliffs
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Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

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