11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Kinsale
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Dingle
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  11 h
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Dublin

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple Bar and Kilmainham Gaol. For shopping fun, head to Cleo Knitwear or The Decent Cigar Emporium. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Portmarnock to see Portmarnock Beach about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the wide array of goods at Brown Thomas, look for gifts at Kevin & Howlin, and sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Dublin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and car ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and car ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in January; daily highs in Dublin reach 9°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Portmarnock Beach
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

3
nights
Galway

Galway ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ashford Castle and Galway City Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at OMG @ Zhivago and Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (in Castlebar) and Burren Perfumery (in Carron). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches, cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, and make a trip to Eyre Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Galway travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Galway, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Burren Perfumery, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Ashford Castle
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Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

2
nights
Cork

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fota Wildlife Park, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh. On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old English Market/City Market, savor the flavors at The Jameson Experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cork itinerary planner.

Drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Cork sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Jameson Distillery Midleton, Fota Wildlife Park, Titanic Experience Cobh
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Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

1
night
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 8th (Wed), stop by Kinsale Silver, stop by Stone Mad Gallery, stop by Kinsale Crystal, then view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kinsale sightseeing planner.

Kinsale is just a short distance from Cork. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver

1
night
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Strand house, stop by Kathleen McAuliffe, stop by Dingle Record Shop, then stop by Dingle Crystal, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, and finally get engrossed in the history at Celtic and Prehistoric Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip itinerery planner.

Getting from Kinsale to Dingle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Celtic and Prehistoric Museum
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Strand House Cafe ©
Strand House Cafe
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Celtic and Prehistoric Museum ©
Celtic and Prehistoric Museum

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