16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Waterville
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Ljubljana

3
nights
Dublin

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Temple Bar and James Joyce Cultural Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College Dublin are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green, sample the fine beverages at The Old Jameson Distillery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sandymount Strand.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin travel planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Dublin is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car ferry and car; or do a combination of car ferry, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. October in Dublin sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©
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.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, do a tasting at Irish Whiskey Tasting Event, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cashel
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Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

3
nights
Galway

Galway ©
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.
Visiting Connemara National Park and Dog's Bay Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Lahinch Beach (in Lahinch) and O`Dalaigh Jewellers (in Clifden). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, and stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Galway sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Corcomroe Abbey, Lahinch Beach, Dog's Bay Beach, Cliffs of Moher, O`Dalaigh Jewellers
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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
We've included these beaches for you: Coumeenoole Beach and Banna Strand. Get in touch with nature at Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to St.James Church (in Dingle) and Inch Beach (in Inch). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, take some stellar pictures from Moll's Gap, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Killarney, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waterville.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Dingle, Inch Beach, Banna Strand
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Banna Strand
Banna Strand

2
nights
Waterville

Waterville ©
County Kerry's picture-perfect holiday resort of Waterville is a weekend getaway once favored by Charlie Chaplin's family.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Charlie Chaplin Statue, enjoy the sand and surf at Derrynane Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ballinskelligs Beach. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Waterville Golf Links, then take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, and then step into the grandiose world of Ballycarbery Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waterville vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Killarney to Waterville. In October, daily temperatures in Waterville can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waterville

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ballinskelligs Beach, Ballycarbery Castle, Derrynane Beach, Ring of Kerry
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Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry
Ballycarbery Castle ©
Ballycarbery Castle

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