12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner

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Fly to Dublin, Bus to Galway
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Galway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 1 day
Drive
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Wicklow
— 3 nights
Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes O'Connor's Famous Pub, Tig Coili and Garavans Bar. On the 7th (Sat), join in the after-dark buzz at O'Connor's Famous Pub and then don't miss a visit to Quay Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, then join in the after-dark buzz at Garavans Bar, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Tig Coili.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Galway visit site.

Chicago, USA to Galway is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Galway, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in October, with highs in Galway at 54°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Killarney

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Killarney, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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Cork

— 2 nights

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 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, and then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Elizabeth Fort, pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Monument, then contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher, and finally step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cork trip planning site.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Cork sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Kilkenny

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Kells Priory.

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You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Wicklow.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Wicklow

— 3 nights
Wicklow is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East Region in Ireland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Mount Usher Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Russborough House, and then take a memorable drive along Military Road. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, then stroll through Brittas Bay, and then stroll around Victor's Way.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wicklow online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Wicklow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wicklow

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

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.