12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner

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Dublin
— 3 nights
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Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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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: wander the streets of Temple Bar, walk around Phoenix Park, get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip builder site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Dublin, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Dublin reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Liscannor

— 2 nights
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stop by The Celtic T Shirt Shop, then explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, then examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Liscannor journey maker app.

Drive from Dublin to Liscannor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): cruise along Slea Head Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, then look for gifts at Brian de Staic Jeweller, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dingle holiday planner.

Drive from Liscannor to Dingle in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kilkenny

— 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.
On the 4th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the exciting artwork at VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brewery Corner, and finally look for gifts at Kilkenny Handwrought Silver. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, step aboard Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Kilkenny in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

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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.