12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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


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 15th (Thu): explore the world behind art 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.

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New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Reykjavik is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Reykjavik to be much colder, temps between 52°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kilkenny.
Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Kilkenny, Ireland — 2 nights

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 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, revel in the low prices at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online travel planner.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 6 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Kilkenny: highs are around 62°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Dublin.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights

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 19th (Mon), examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, and then visit Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, wander the streets of Grafton Street, and then wander the streets of O'Connell Street.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip tool.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Dublin sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 21st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Grassmarket. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh road trip planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. September in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Glasgow.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trip

Glasgow, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Glasgow West End and then take a stroll through Merchant City.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glasgow trip planning site.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Iceland travel guide

Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
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

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

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.