12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  9 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 + Bus:  10 h
End: New York City, United States

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night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally don't miss a visit to Perlan.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planner.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get little chillier in Reykjavik: highs are around 40°F and lows about 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums Spas Historic Sites
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Spas & Wellness

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then get some fabulous bargains at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then head off the coast to Saltee Islands.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kilkenny road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Kilkenny: highs are around 51°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Saltee Islands, Curracloe Beach, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland
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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 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, then take a stroll through Grafton Street, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of O'Connell Street.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Dublin are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) 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 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation 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: wander the streets of 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.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh holiday planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Five Sisters Zoo and then contemplate the long history of New Lanark World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Glasgow West End and then take a stroll through Merchant City.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Glasgow road trip site.

Take a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Glasgow are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Five Sisters Zoo, New Lanark World Heritage Site
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Merchant City ©
Merchant City
Glasgow West End ©
Glasgow West End
Five Sisters Zoo ©
Five Sisters Zoo

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