12 days in Ireland, Belfast & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland, Belfast & Scotland Itinerary

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Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Sandycove Beach and Airfield Estate.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dublin driving holiday app.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Dublin. Traveling from Chicago in September, things will get little chillier in Dublin: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Airfield Estate ©
Airfield Estate

1
night
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 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at Butter Museum, step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork online trip builder.

You can take a train from Dublin to Cork in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Galway trip site.

Traveling by car from Cork to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Belfast.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites
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1
night
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip maker.

Drive from Galway to Belfast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Belfast are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums
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Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast

1
night
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 5th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glasgow Cathedral, then wander the streets of Buchanan Street, and finally do a tasting at Vino Valentino.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Glasgow attractions planning app.

You can fly from Belfast to Glasgow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel ©
Glasgow Cathedral ©
Glasgow Cathedral
Buchanan Street ©
Buchanan Street

2
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Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 6th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nairn Beach, step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and finally play a few rounds at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Inverness planner.

Traveling by car from Glasgow to Inverness takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nairn, Culloden Battlefield
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Cawdor Castle ©
Cawdor Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Nairn Beach ©
Nairn Beach

1
night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 7th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at The Scottish Parliament.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
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Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
The Scottish Parliament ©
The Scottish Parliament

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Spire, contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip planner.

Fly from Edinburgh to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
The Spire ©
The Spire

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