8 days in Dublin & Edinburgh Itinerary

8 days in Dublin & Edinburgh Itinerary

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8 days in Dublin & Edinburgh Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College Dublin. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple Bar, view the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library, examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner .

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Yacht Britannia and The Real Mary King's Close. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Royal Mile.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia