15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner

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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Kinsale
— 1 night
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Dingle
— 4 nights
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Liscannor
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny

— 2 nights

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 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ferns Castle, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Leinster, and then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take an in-depth tour of Rothe House and Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny day trip tool.

Chicago, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect nights in Kilkenny to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Kinsale

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Kinsale Silver, look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, then look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery, and finally browse the exhibits of The Gallery Kinsale.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kinsale travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Kinsale by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dingle

— 4 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gallarus Oratory and St James' Church. Get outdoors at Killarney National Park and Great Blasket Island. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island, explore the galleries of The Carol Cronin Gallery, look for gifts at Kathleen McAuliffe, and get engrossed in the history at Celtic and Prehistoric Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dingle trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Liscannor

— 2 nights
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. On the 22nd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, then look for gifts at The Burren Smokehouse,, then don't miss a visit to Cliffs of Moher, and finally stop by The Rock Shop.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Liscannor road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Liscannor takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Dublin

— 4 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.
Guinness Storehouse and James Joyce Cultural Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Dublin Castle. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Grafton Street, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland, stop by Temple Bar, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

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You can drive from Liscannor to Dublin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Dublin, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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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.