12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Clifden
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Doolin
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3 h
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
6
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Toronto

1
night
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then look for gifts at O`Dalaigh Jewellers. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Avoca Letterfrack, see the interesting displays at The Sheep and Wool Centre, and then look for gifts at Cottage Handcrafts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Clifden trip itinerary maker.

November in Clifden sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, The Sheep and Wool Centre, Cottage Handcrafts, Avoca Letterfrack, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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O`Dalaigh Jewellers ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers
The Sheep and Wool Centre ©
The Sheep and Wool Centre

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Salthill Beaches, stop by Standun Spiddal, then look for gifts at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, and finally look for gifts at OMG @ Zhivago.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galway travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Standun
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Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
OMG Zhivago ©
OMG Zhivago
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop ©
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

1
night
Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 7th (Mon), look for gifts at Irish Crafts, then view the masterpieces at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, and finally stop by The Rock Shop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Doolin itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Doolin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Doolin sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Doolin

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Liscannor, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge.
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The Rock Shop ©
The Rock Shop
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by Holden Leathergoods, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.James Church, look for gifts at Kathleen McAuliffe, look for gifts at Dingle Crystal, then stop by Dingle Record Shop, and finally stop by NU goldsmith. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, steep yourself in history at Great Blasket Island, and then see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Dingle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Great Blasket Island
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The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

1
night
Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at National Craft Gallery, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny tour planner.

Drive from Dingle to Kilkenny in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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National Craft Gallery ©
National Craft Gallery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Portmarnock Beach and DESIGNYARD. Head to Cleo Knitwear and Kevin & Howlinfor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Glendalough Village to see Wicklow Mountains National Park about 1:05 hours away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, look for gifts at Old World New, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerery planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Portmarnock Beach, Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

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