17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Train:  2 h 30 min
1
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
5
Dublin
— 5 nights
End: Dublin

3
nights
Cork

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Crawford Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork tour itinerary planner.

Dublin to Cork is an approximately 2.5- hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. July in Cork sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Ross Castle and St. Mary's Church of Ireland will appeal to history buffs. St. Mary's Cathedral and Peter Cox Photography Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Dingle (Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, St. Mary's Church, &more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Muckross House, admire the verdant scenery at The Black Valley, and sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Killarney trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Killarney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dingle, Kerry Cliffs
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Eyre Square, then see the interesting displays at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Oranmore Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, then take in nature's colorful creations at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway route maker site.

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Galway sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, stroll around Kilkenny Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfane Church, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip builder app.

You can drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Malahide Castle and Trim Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and 14 Henrietta Street. Step out of Dublin to go to Donore and see Bru na Boinne, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Temple Bar, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Romanian Orthodox Church, and make a trip to The Spire.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Malahide Castle, Trim Castle
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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