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
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally explore and take pictures at Perlan.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik vacation site.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in Reykjavik at 57°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites
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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 2 nights

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.
On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then get some fabulous bargains at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

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Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Kilkenny takes 8.5 hours. In August, Kilkenny is somewhat warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of 64°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Beaches

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Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

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.
On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, then make a trip to Grafton Street, and then shop like a local with O'Connell Street.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin attractions planning website.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Grassmarket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 24th (Tue), get to know the resident critters 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 photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Glasgow holiday app.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Glasgow are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) 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.