18 days in Ireland, Scotland & Belgium Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Bru na Boinne. Kids will enjoy Temple Bar and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Jerpoint Park (in Thomastown) and Kilkenny (Rothe House and Garden, St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and stop by Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip builder website.

Mazatlan, Mexico to Dublin is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 7 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mazatlan in July; daily highs in Dublin reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Inverness.
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Inverness, United Kingdom — 1 night

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), then steep yourself in history at Fort George, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cawdor Castle, and finally kick back and relax at Nairn Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness trip builder app.

You can fly from Dublin to Inverness in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. July in Inverness sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Isle of Skye.
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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): hike along The Quiraing, explore the striking landscape at Kilt Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Old Man of Storr. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Calum's Seal Trips, explore the historical opulence of Eilean Donan Castle, and then explore the activities along Portree Harbour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Isle of Skye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Inverness in July, plan for slightly colder days in Isle of Skye, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort William.
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Fort William, United Kingdom — 2 nights

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. On the 10th (Mon), see the interesting displays at West Highland Museum, snap pictures at Glenfinnan Viaduct, then take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glencoe National Nature Reserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, and then appreciate the history behind Commando Monument.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William attractions planner.

Getting from Isle of Skye to Fort William by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.
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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.
Kids will enjoy Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Kirkyard. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rosslyn Chapel and Royal Yacht Britannia. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Georgian House, visit Edinburgh Old Town, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Edinburgh tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then make a trip to Grand Place, then shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brussels itinerary planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Brussels in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Edinburgh in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Brussels, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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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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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Belgium travel guide

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A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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