17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner

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Fly
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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Clifden
— 1 night
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Dublin

— 2 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.
You'll explore and learn at Russborough House and Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin. Popular historic sites such as Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre and Casino Marino are in your itinerary. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to National Bird of Prey Centre (in Blessington), Killiney Hill (in Killiney) and BargeTrip (in Sallins). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Dublin Mountains, explore by horseback at The Paddocks Riding Centre, explore the striking landscape at Howth Hills, and explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planner.

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boston in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 59°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Kilkenny Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Waterford Greenway, steep yourself in history at Bishop's Palace, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then steep yourself in history at Reginald's Tower, and finally take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 49°F in Kilkenny. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Cork

— 3 nights

Rebel City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Charles Fort and Inchydoney Beach. Get some cultural insight at Cobh Cathedral and Titanic Experience Cobh. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Cork Whale Watch (in Union Hall), Jameson Distillery Midleton (in Midleton) and Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, gain insight at University College Cork (UCC), and don't miss a visit to National Monument.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cork trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cork are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ross Castle and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gap of Dunloe and Kerry Cliffs. Go for a jaunt from Killarney to Glengarriff to see Garinish Island about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography, cruise along Ring of Kerry, and hike along The Kerry Way.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney trip planner.

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 6th (Sun), cruise along Slea Head Drive. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Inch Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dingle online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Galway

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Quay Street, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, explore the galleries of Galway City Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Abbey of Cong, then get a dose of the wild on Ireland's School of Falconry, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Galway day trip planning app.

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dingle in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Galway. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

Clifden

— 1 night
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach, then experience rural life at Kingstown Connemara Ponies, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Rd.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Clifden trip builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Clifden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Clifden

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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.