12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Fly
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
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Cork
— 3 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, and finally get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kilkenny. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Kilkenny to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

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Cork

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.
Charles Fort and Cobh Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Titanic Experience Cobh and Cork City Gaol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Jameson Distillery Midleton (in Midleton), Fota Wildlife Park (in Carrigtwohill) and Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens and browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cork trip planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

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Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore hidden gems such as Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Ross Castle. Visiting Killarney National Park and Inch Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, make a trip to Ladies' View, and contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Cork to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Killarney, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

3
nights
Dublin

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.
Guinness Storehouse and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Glendalough Cathedral for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Trim Castle (in Trim) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dublin online day trip planner.

Getting from Killarney to Dublin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.