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: San Francisco, United States
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​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:  14​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, head outdoors with Ring Road, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip itinerary maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Reykjavik is 8 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 37°F at night. You will leave for Kilkenny on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Reykjavik

Spas Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thermal Spas
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Thermal Spas
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Ormond Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Well, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Kilkenny takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in October, expect Kilkenny to be a bit warmer, temps between 58°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

St. Patrick's Well, Ormond Castle, Rock of Cashel
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Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Newgrange, explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, and then take a stroll through Grafton Street.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dublin visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Grassmarket. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner .

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): shop like a local with Merchant City, view the masterpieces at The Glasgow School of Art, then examine the collection at The Tenement House, then contemplate the long history of The Mackintosh House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Glasgow West End. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Old Town Jail, then hike along Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags, and then shop like a local with House for an Art Lover.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Glasgow visit app .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October in Glasgow, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Old Town Jail, Bracklinn Falls Bridge and Callander Crags
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Merchant City ©
Merchant City
Glasgow West End ©
Glasgow West End
The Mackintosh House ©
The Mackintosh House

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