12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner

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Kilkenny
— 1 night
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Cork
— 1 night
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Killarney
— 2 nights
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Liscannor
— 1 night
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Galway
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny

— 1 night

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 13th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and finally make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny travel route builder tool.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Kilkenny is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Kilkenny, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in October, with highs in Kilkenny at 17°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Cork

— 1 night

Rebel City

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 14th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and then meet the residents at Fota Wildlife Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, then make a trip to University College Cork (UCC), and finally get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kilkenny to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Cork, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Killarney

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 16th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, steep yourself in history at Muckross House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Liscannor

— 1 night
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 18th (Wed): hike along Hag's Head, explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, and then don't miss a visit to Cliffs of Moher.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor trip maker.

Drive from Killarney to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Liscannor, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, then admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and then make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then make a trip to Quay Street, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Galway trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Galway, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Temple Bar, then admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, and finally examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally walk around Phoenix Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

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.