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

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 don't miss a visit to The Statue of Leif Eiriksson.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Hartford to Reykjavik. Traveling from Hartford in July, you will find days in Reykjavik are cooler (58°F), and nights are a bit cooler (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kilkenny.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Head to Reginald's Tower and Nicholas Mosse Potteryfor some retail therapy. Jerpoint Park and Mount Juliet Estate will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel), Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). There's more to do: add some adventure to your tour with Go With The Flow - River Adventures and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Aidan's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Kilkenny in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in July: high temperatures in Kilkenny hover around 65°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, wander the streets of Temple Bar, then browse the different shops at Moore Street Mall, and finally stop by Carrolls Irish Gifts. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Grafton Street, then contemplate the long history of 14 Henrietta Street, and then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kilkenny in July since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.
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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.
On the 16th (Sun), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then kick back and relax at Portobello Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard. Keep things going the next day: explore the wide array of goods at House of Fraser, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, then take in the exciting artwork at The Red Door Gallery, then look for gifts at Miss Katie Cupcake, and finally take a stroll through Princes Street.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh 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. July in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glasgow.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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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.
On the 18th (Tue), look for gifts at Gouldings Garden Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Falls of Clyde, and then get to know the resident critters at Five Sisters Zoo. On your second day here, 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 wander the streets of Glasgow West End.

Before you visit Glasgow, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Glasgow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
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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 · History Museums
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.