12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: New York City, United States

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night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik online trip itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Reykjavik is 5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 17°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Spas Historic Sites
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National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Spas & Wellness

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nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, get some fabulous bargains at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Kilkenny takes 7.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in July; daily highs in Kilkenny reach 21°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Saltee Islands, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Curracloe Beach
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Saltee Islands ©
Saltee Islands
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and then make a trip to Temple Bar. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, take a stroll through Grafton Street, and then take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Dublin day trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kilkenny in July since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 13th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Grassmarket. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Grassmarket ©
Grassmarket

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 15th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Glasgow West End and then shop like a local with Merchant City.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Glasgow online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Five Sisters Zoo, New Lanark World Heritage Site
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New Lanark World Heritage Site ©
New Lanark World Heritage Site
Glasgow West End ©
Glasgow West End
Merchant City ©
Merchant City

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