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 2nd (Mon): 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.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip itinerary app.

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. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 46°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kilkenny.
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then look for gifts at Cushendale Woollen Mills, and then step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny online route planner.

Fly from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 6 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in October, expect Kilkenny to be a bit warmer, temps between 58°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
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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 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Bru na Boinne, then shop like a local with Grafton Street, and then take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dublin online travel route planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Dublin sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Edinburgh.
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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 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Grassmarket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, then see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, and finally don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh tour builder tool.

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. In October, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Five Sisters Zoo and then steep yourself in history at New Lanark World Heritage Site. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Glasgow West End and then wander the streets of Merchant City.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Glasgow trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Glasgow are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Iceland travel guide

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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.
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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.
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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.
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