12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 30 min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, thensoothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik road trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Reykjavik at 58°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, get some fabulous bargains at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planning app.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 7.5 hours. In July, Kilkenny is a bit warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of 65°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Saltee Islands, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, 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 (Sat): explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then stop by Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, thenmake a trip to Grafton Street, and then take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin holiday planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 51°F in Dublin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, 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, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, thenexamine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh tour itinerary maker tool.

You can 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 July, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Glasgow West End and then take a stroll through Merchant City.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Glasgow trip planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) 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
Merchant City ©
Merchant City
Five Sisters Zoo ©
Five Sisters Zoo

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