13 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland Itinerary

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Bus to Boston, Fly to Reykjavik
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to Hartford


Reykjavik, Iceland — 3 nights

On the 30th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally stop by Handknitting Association of Iceland. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, then see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally make a trip to The Statue of Leif Eiriksson.

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Hartford, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hartford to Reykjavik, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hartford in July, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 2 nights

Marble City

Step out of the city life by going to Curracloe Beach and Go With The Flow - River Adventures. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jerpoint Park and Reginald's Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel), St. Aidan's Cathedral (in Enniscorthy) and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan). It doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Mount Juliet Estate and look for gifts at Nicholas Mosse Pottery.

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Getting from Reykjavik to Kilkenny by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Reykjavik in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Kilkenny: highs are around 64°F and lows about 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dublin.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights

Fair City

On the 4th (Fri), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, then browse the different shops at Moore Street Mall, and finally look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Grafton Street, browse the exhibits of 14 Henrietta Street, and then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Edinburgh.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Athens of the North

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Portobello Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, and finally stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): explore the wide array of goods at House of Fraser, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, explore the galleries of The Red Door Gallery, then look for gifts at Miss Katie Cupcake, and finally take a stroll through Princes Street.

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Getting from Dublin to Edinburgh by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Glasgow.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Glasgow, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Gouldings Garden Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Falls of Clyde, and then meet the residents at Five Sisters Zoo. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Merchant City, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wellpark Brewery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Clydeside Distillery, and finally take a stroll through Glasgow West End.

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You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
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Iceland travel guide

Spas · Waterfalls · 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

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.