12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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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 25th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally admire all the interesting features of Perlan.

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New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. 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, expect Reykjavik to be colder, temps between 57°F and 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) 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 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, look for gifts at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then head off the coast to Saltee Islands.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Kilkenny takes 8.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in August: high temperatures in Kilkenny hover around 64°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Bru na Boinne, then wander the streets of Grafton Street, and then shop like a local with O'Connell Street.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Grassmarket. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history 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.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh travel itinerary 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 August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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 2nd (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Five Sisters Zoo and then contemplate the long history of New Lanark World Heritage Site. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Glasgow West End and then take a stroll through Merchant City.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow trip planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) 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.