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
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Iceland, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Kilkenny.
Museums · Spas · Historic Sites
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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 next day: contemplate the long history of 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 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in June: high temperatures in Kilkenny hover around 63°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Dublin.
Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then stop by Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, wander the streets of Grafton Street, and then take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

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You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, plan for little chillier nights in Dublin, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, then explore the historical opulence 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 examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally make a trip to The Royal Mile.

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Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glasgow.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
On the 19th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures 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 20th (Mon): wander the streets of Glasgow West End and then take a stroll through Merchant City.

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Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Iceland travel guide

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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

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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

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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.