12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Fly
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of 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.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip maker website.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Reykjavik at 43°F and lows at 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

2
nights
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 your second day here, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then look for gifts at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kilkenny sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 8.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in April, with highs in Kilkenny at 54°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

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 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, don't miss a visit to Grafton Street, and then shop like a local with O'Connell Street.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 37°F in Dublin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

2
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Grassmarket. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Edinburgh Old Town, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Edinburgh attractions planner.

Fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In April in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Five Sisters Zoo and then contemplate the long history of New Lanark World Heritage Site. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Glasgow West End and then take a stroll through Merchant City.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glasgow day trip website.

Getting from Edinburgh to Glasgow by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Glasgow are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.