16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Kinsale
— 1 day
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Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Doolin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 1 night
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 5 nights
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Kinsale

— 1 day
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.
On the 4th (Sat), learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then don't miss a visit to Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, then get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kinsale trip itinerary planning site.

Houston, USA to Kinsale is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Houston to Kinsale. Traveling from Houston in September, things will get colder in Kinsale: highs are around 61°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, then browse the exhibits of Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and finally appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Killarney itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kinsale to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Killarney sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): cruise along Slea Head Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coumeenoole Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then don't miss a visit to Dingle Peninsula.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dingle vacation planner.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Dingle, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Doolin

— 2 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 9th (Thu), walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, get great views at Cliffs of Moher, and then tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then look for gifts at Irish Crafts - Doolin.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Doolin sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Doolin in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Galway

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Galway day trip planning website.

You can drive from Doolin to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Galway are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Nature · Parks
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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.
On the 12th (Sun), head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Waterford Greenway, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Dublin

— 5 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip planning site.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Dublin, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

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.