15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Doolin
— 1 day
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Dublin
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Waterford
— 1 night
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Kinsale
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Doolin

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at The Woollen Market, then make a trip to Cliffs of Moher, and then walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Doolin visit planning website.

Cork to Doolin is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. December in Doolin sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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Galway

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Westport (Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, The Great Western Greenway, &more), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Corofin (Burren National Park & The Farmyard). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Castlefergus Equestrian, learn insider's secrets on Micil Distillery, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, and get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway journey builder app.

Drive from Doolin to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Doolin in December: highs in Galway hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Temple Bar, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, stroll around St Stephens Green, and browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn insider's secrets on Royal Oak Distillery, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, and finally learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Waterford

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 13th (Sun): take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings, then enjoy breathtaking views from The Clock Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mayfield Birds of Prey.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Waterford journey planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Waterford sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Kinsale

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by Granny's Bottom Drawer, explore the galleries of The Gallery Kinsale, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Charles Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, then appreciate the history behind Annie Moore Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Choctaw Native American Monument.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kinsale day trip app.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Kinsale takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

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.