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.
On the 10th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik itinerary planner.

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. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 46°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then revel in the low prices at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny attractions website.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in October, expect Kilkenny to be somewhat warmer, temps between 58°F and 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, then wander the streets of Grafton Street, and then don't miss a visit to O'Connell Street.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dublin road trip tool.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Dublin are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) 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.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Grassmarket. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip itinerary site.

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. In October, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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 18th (Mon), meet the residents at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. On the next day, take a stroll through Glasgow West End and then wander the streets of Merchant City.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Glasgow online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Glasgow sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glasgow

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.