12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then 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.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planning tool.

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. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for colder days in Reykjavik, with highs around 55°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then revel in the low prices at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny driving holiday website.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 8.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in June; daily highs in Kilkenny reach 63°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

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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 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then stop by Temple Bar. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Bru na Boinne, then wander the streets of Grafton Street, and then take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dublin, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): 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. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Edinburgh Old Town, then 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.

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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. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Glasgow West End and then get a taste of the local shopping with Merchant City.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glasgow holiday site.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Glasgow sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.