12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City, United States
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  10 h 30 min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  8 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
+2
Bus + 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, relax and rejuvenate 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 see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik online travel planner.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10- hour combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from New York City to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Reykjavik is much colder than New York City - with highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time 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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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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then stop by Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 7.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in July; daily highs in Kilkenny reach 65°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then don't miss a visit to Temple Bar. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Bru na Boinne, then take a stroll through Grafton Street, and then wander the streets of O'Connell Street.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip planner.

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kilkenny in July since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Grassmarket. On your second day here, stop by Edinburgh Old Town, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh travel planner.

Getting from Dublin to Edinburgh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the 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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nights
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 16th (Thu): 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: wander the streets of Glasgow West End and then take a stroll through Merchant City.

Plan my day in Glasgow using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can 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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Glasgow West End ©
Glasgow West End
Merchant City ©
Merchant City
Five Sisters Zoo ©
Five Sisters Zoo

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