17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kinsale
— 1 night
Drive
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Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 4 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College Dublin. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sheridans and Kevin & Howlin. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Temple Bar, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., stop by Ulysses Rare Books, and stroll around Phoenix Park.

Before you visit Dublin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get colder in Dublin: highs are around 10°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

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 8th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then stop by Kilkenny Handwrought Silver, then look for gifts at Kilkenny Design Centre, and finally stop by MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Kilkenny Crystal, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then look for gifts at Darcys Treasures, and finally look for gifts at Kittys cabin.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

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 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, stop by Aunty Nellie's Sweet Shop Kinsale, then stop by Kinsale Crystal, then stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery, and finally stop by Kinsale Silver.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kinsale trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping · Historic Sites

Dingle

— 3 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Head to Strand House Cafe and Kathleen McAuliffefor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Inch Beach and Coumeenoole Beach. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. It doesn't end there: stop by Dingle Crystal and enjoy the music at Siopa Ceoil An Daingin - Dingle Music Shop.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle route builder.

Drive from Kinsale to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Shopping · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Galway

— 4 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Hungry Monk Art and Craft Gallery and Kirwan's Lane. We've included these beaches for you: Lahinch Beach and Salthill Beaches. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Mulranny Strand (in Mulranny) and Westport (Lina Stein & Derryaun Crafts). There's much more to do: stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, tee off at Galway Golf Club, and explore the wide array of goods at OMG Zhivago.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway day trip site.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dingle in December, with highs in Galway at 8°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

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.