12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 7th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik vacation planning app.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Reykjavik at 17°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites
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Kilkenny, Ireland

Marble City

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.
On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, revel in the low prices at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then head off the coast to Saltee Islands.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny day trip app.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 8.5 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) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Beaches · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Dublin, Ireland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, shop like a local with Grafton Street, and then get to know the fascinating history of O'Connell Street.

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Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Dublin, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Grassmarket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 15th (Wed), meet the residents at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Glasgow West End and then get a taste of the local shopping with Merchant City.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glasgow visit planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.