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: 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:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary maker .

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get a bit cooler in Reykjavik: highs are around 40°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up 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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National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, get some fabulous bargains at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then head off the coast to Saltee Islands.

For reviews and tourist information, read Kilkenny online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in November, expect Kilkenny to be a bit warmer, temps between 51°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Curracloe Beach, Saltee Islands
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Saltee Islands ©
Saltee Islands
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, and then make a trip to Temple Bar. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, wander the streets of Grafton Street, and then get to know the fascinating history of O'Connell Street.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to 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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nights
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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Grassmarket. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip planning site .

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. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a 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

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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 steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Glasgow West End and then wander the streets of Merchant City.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Glasgow trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) 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
New Lanark World Heritage Site ©
New Lanark World Heritage Site
Merchant City ©
Merchant City

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