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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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 7th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally see the interesting displays at Perlan.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner .

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Reykjavik. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get cooler in Reykjavik: highs are around 57°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to 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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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.
On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then revel in the low prices at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then head off the coast to Saltee Islands.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny online day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 8 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in August, expect Kilkenny to be somewhat warmer, temps between 64°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Saltee Islands, 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 (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, then sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, take a stroll through Grafton Street, and then take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Dublin using our trip planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough 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 ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Grassmarket. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Edinburgh Old Town, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): meet the residents at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Village. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a stroll through Glasgow West End, and then take a stroll through Merchant City.

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

Getting from Edinburgh to Glasgow by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Glasgow are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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