Ireland, Scotland, and London for 9 Days

Sunset at Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Munster province, Republic of Ireland, Europe.
I am following my dream of traveling through Europe.

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Dublin for 3 Days

I am planning a trip to Ireland, Scotland, and England in June of 2024. I am so excited to finally be able to follow my lifelong dream of traveling to Europe. I am going to be my own travel agent. I will use this page to hold my research. 

Howht Harbour, Ireland, Dublin


  • Day 1- Friday – 7th
  • Fly from BNA to Dublin
  • Ride a train to Temple Bar road and take the hop on hop off tour. 
  • Ride a train from Dublin to Cork. Rent a car in Cork. Spend the night. 
Day 2 – Saturday – 8th
  • Drive to Kenmare to begin the Ring of Kerry road trip. 
  • See all the sites and drive to Killarney to spend the night. 

Day 3- Sunday – 9th

  • Tour Killarney National Park. 
  • Drive back to Cork and board a plane to Inverness. 
  • Check in to – Leonardo Hotel Inverness

Day 4 Monday – 10th

  • Tour from Inverness to Portree on the Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness
  • Urguhart Castle 
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Dornie Castle
  • >> Deli Gasta –  sandwich 
  • >> Waterside seafood 
  • Caisteal Maol
  • Portree
  • Colour House Viewpoint
  • >> Sea Breezes

Day 5 Tuesday – 11th

  • Check out of hotel
  • Take the train to Glasgow
  • Check into Expedia-Holiday Inn Glasgow City Centre Theatreland, an IHG Hotel
  • Take the train to Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Royal Mile
  • Holyroodhouse

 Day 6 Wednesday – 12th

  • Glasgow: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Glencoe Adventure Tour

Day 7 Thursday – 13th

  • Day tour Outlander Adventure tour
  • Stay at Heathrow – 
  • Expedia – Atrium Hotel Heathrow. 
  • London Hop on Hop off
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben

Day 8 Friday – 14th

  • Train to Oxford
  • Rent a car 
  • Drive to Stonehenge
  • Drive to Bath or Southampton

Day 9 Saturday – 15th

  • Warner Bros Studio tour
  • Windsor




Apps to install

Stasher – Luggage storage  site


Bounce – Luggage storage

Ireland Transportation = TFI Live App

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Day 4

Staying: Leonardo Hotel Inverness


Rabbie’s Skye & Eilean Donan Castle tour 

$66 each 


Starts at 07:45 and finishes at 20:00 = 12 hours

  • Isle of Skye
  • Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Portree
  • Trotternish Peninsula
  • Cuillin Mountains
  • Loch Ness

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Illuminated Parisian hotel sign taken at dusk

I have found that there are a lot more options of places to stay in the UK than there are in the US. For one thing almost every hotel has a family room with 3 or more bed. That is so awesome! 


They have a lot of VRBO-style of rooms for rent in someone’s home. An Aparthotel is a larger room with a kitchenette. 

I am traveling to Dublin, Ireland first. 

What I want in a hotel in Dublin is:

  • Airport Shuttle 
  • Internet
  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry Services
  • Breakfast

I plan to stay at the hotel and travel each day by train to see the sites. 


I am finding that for a good place to stay with access to the train station and the airport I will have to pay at least $300 per night. I can go 15 minutes out of town and stay for $200 per night. I am not sure it is worth it. 


In the $300 per night range: 




Ryanair has very cheap flights to other areas of the UK. I can go from Cork to Edinburgh for $26.00. 

Must DO's

Skellig Michael Island Tours

This is the island where Luke hid out in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. Most of the nature shots were filmed in Ireland. 


The tours are very dependent on good weather and can only be scheduled “for sure” on the day of departure. The cost is around $100. 

Ring of Kerry Map

Titanic Belfast

Dropped from my list.

Dive into the history of Titanic with us as we learn more about those on board the great ship and her tender SS Nomadic, take a closer look at the ships built in the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard and explore our exclusive Titanic Stories.



Explore – Titanic Belfast 

Titanic on an old photo, Belfast, Northern Ireland

St George's Market

There has been a Friday market on the St George’s site since 1604. The present award-winning St George’s Market, built between 1890 and 1896, is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions.

As well as being home to some of the finest fresh produce, with customers travelling near and far to sample the delights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday markets, it has become one of the city’s most popular places to visit.

Since its £4.5m refurbishment in 1997, this charming Victorian building offers one of the most vibrant and colourful destinations that Belfast has to offer.


St George’s Market | Eat & Drink, Historical Sites, Markets, Shopping | Visit Belfast

Inverness to Skye tour


Three of Scotland’s national treasures: Skye, Eilean Donan, and Loch Ness


Inverness to Skye | Highland Experience Tours

From Inverness: Jacobite Steam Train and Highlands Tour

  • Experience
  • Starting location:

    19 Union St

  • Bus / coach

    (30 minutes)


  • Urquhart Castle

    Photo stop (10 minutes)


  • Bus / coach

    (1 hour)


  • Commando Memorial

    Photo stop (15 minutes)


  • Bus / coach

    (30 minutes)


  • Fort William

    Visit (20 minutes)


  • Train

    (105 minutes)


  • Mallaig

    Lunch, Free time, Sightseeing (75 minutes)


  • Bus / coach

    (50 minutes)


  • Glenfinnan Viaduct

    Photo stop, Visit, Free time, Sightseeing (40 minutes)


  • Bus / coach

    (80 minutes)


  • Fort Augustus

    Break time, Photo stop, Free time, Sightseeing (45 minutes)


  • Bus / coach

    (10 minutes)


  • Suidhe Viewpoint

    Photo stop (15 minutes)


  • Bus / coach

    (45 minutes)


  • Dores Beach

    Photo stop (15 minutes)


  • Bus / coach

    (25 minutes)


  • Arrive back at:

    19 Union St


From Inverness: Jacobite Steam Train and Highlands Tour | GetYourGuide

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