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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally examine the collection at Perlan.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Reykjavik is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Reykjavik to be little chillier, temps between 40°F and 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then get some fabulous bargains at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Kilkenny takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in November, expect Kilkenny to be a bit warmer, temps between 51°F and 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
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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 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, then make a trip to Grafton Street, and then take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dublin planning app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Dublin are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (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. Keep things going the next day: visit Edinburgh Old Town, 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 other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh holiday planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In December, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow 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.
On the 3rd (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. On the next day, take a stroll through Glasgow West End and then shop like a local with Merchant City.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Glasgow trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to 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.