25 days in Scotland, North Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

25 days in Scotland, North Iceland & Ireland Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Fly to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Shuttle to Bsí, Bus to Akureyri
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Akureyri, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Bus to Bsí, Shuttle to Reykjavik Keflavik Nas, Fly to Kerry
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Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 7 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. The adventure continues: visit Edinburgh Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Scottish National Gallery, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Edinburgh day trip planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Edinburgh. Traveling from Dubai in June, expect Edinburgh to be colder, temps between 20°C and 10°C. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Akureyri.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

Akureyri, Iceland

— 3 nights

Capital of North Iceland

Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Linda Ola - Studio & Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at The Old Farmhouse Laufas, then take a tour by water with Salka Whale Watching, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Husavikurkirkja. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Goðafoss Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at The Industry Museum, and then tee off at Akureyri Golf Club.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Akureyri attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Edinburgh to Akureyri in 13 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, expect nights in Akureyri to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Akureyri

Outdoors · Golf · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Killarney, Ireland

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Inch Beach and Derrynane Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Killarney National Park and Muckross House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney), Dingle (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Coumeenoole Beach, &more) and St. Anne's Church (in Cork). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Celtic and Prehistoric Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Killarney planning tool.

Do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Akureyri to Killarney in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Akureyri in June, things will get a bit warmer in Killarney: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 14:

Galway, Ireland

— 4 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
We've included these beaches for you: Fanore Beach and Lahinch Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Poulnabrone Dolmen and Galway City Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Clare Coastal Walk Project (in Doolin), Ireland's School of Falconry (in Cong) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, and stroll around Burren National Park.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip builder tool.

Drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Galway when traveling from Killarney in June, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:

Dublin, Ireland

— 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar will thrill your kids. Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: walk around St Stephens Green, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, and wander the streets of Grafton Street.

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

Drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Dublin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 25:

Scotland travel guide

4.4
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.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.