12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
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
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 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.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or fly. 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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National Museum of Iceland ©
National Museum of Iceland
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
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.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny driving holiday website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 7.5 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 take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Curracloe Beach, Saltee Islands, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland
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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.
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 ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. 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

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
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 flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. 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 take a train to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

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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 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 more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Glasgow holiday site.

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. 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

Side Trips

Five Sisters Zoo, New Lanark World Heritage Site
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Glasgow West End ©
Glasgow West End
Five Sisters Zoo ©
Five Sisters Zoo
Merchant City ©
Merchant City

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