12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland journey planner

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Drive to Yeager Airport, Fly to Dublin Airport
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Dublin
— 1 day
Drive
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Waterford
— 1 night
Drive
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Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Clifden
— 2 nights
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Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Yeager Airport, Drive to Parkersburg

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Dublin

— 1 day

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.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, then examine the collection at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin journey tool.

Parkersburg, USA to Dublin is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Parkersburg to Dublin. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Parkersburg in May, with highs in Dublin at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Waterford

— 1 night
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at The Irish Handmade Glass Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, then admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Kilmurrin Cove.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Waterford trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Waterford takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dublin in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Waterford, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.
On the 21st (Tue), sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and then step off the mainland to explore Spike Island.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cork journey website.

Getting from Waterford to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

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 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Ladies' View, then contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and finally see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, play a few rounds at Ring of Kerry Golf Club, then take in the exciting artwork at Norman McCloskey Photography, and finally look for gifts at Skyline Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney online travel route planner.

Getting from Cork to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Killarney are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): cruise along Slea Head Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip planning website.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Dingle are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Clifden

— 2 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sky Rd, then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then view the masterpieces at Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio, then view the masterpieces at Lavelle Art Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Roundstone Ceramics, and finally kick back and relax at Dog's Bay Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Clifden trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Clifden takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Clifden

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.