11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland visit planner

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Galway
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 3 nights
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Athlone
— 2 nights
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Limerick
— 1 night
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Killarney
— 2 nights
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Galway

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): walk around Eyre Square, then get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Quiet Man Museum, get the lay of the land with Ireland's School of Falconry, then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then stop by Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery, and finally don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Galway online trip planner.

Belfast, UK to Galway is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Tours

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Dublin

— 3 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stop by Temple Bar, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip tool.

Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Dublin, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Athlone.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Athlone

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clonmacnoise, then admire the landmark architecture of The Irish Workhouse Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, and finally browse the exhibits of Church of Saints Peter & Paul.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Athlone trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Athlone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Dublin in July, plan for little chillier days in Athlone, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Athlone

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Limerick

— 1 night
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Terranova Gardens, then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then explore the world behind art at Hunt Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Limerick route maker site.

You can drive from Athlone to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July in Limerick, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Killarney

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Dingle (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Sea Glass Studio). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, and step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Limerick to Killarney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July in Killarney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Ireland travel guide

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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.