17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Bus:  12 h
1
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Visiting Spike Island and Inchydoney Beach will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Hore Abbey and St. Anne's Church are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Charles Fort (in Kinsale), Cobh Cathedral (in Cobh) and Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cork route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Cork is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Cork. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Toronto in August, with highs in Cork at 20°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Cobh Cathedral, Drombeg Stone Circle, Inchydoney Beach
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
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Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ross Castle and St. Brendan's Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Garinish Island (in Glengarriff) and Charles de Gaulle Memorial (in Sneem). There's lots more to do: cruise along Ring of Kerry, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Garinish Island, Ring of Kerry, Kerry Cliffs, St. Brendan's Church, Charles de Gaulle Memorial
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:
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Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Climbing Tours

3
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a break from the city and head to Slea Head Drive and Dingle Peninsula. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skellig Michael and Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dingle sightseeing planner.

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

County Kerry, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and then steep yourself in history at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Westport online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Dingle to Westport by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House ©
The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wild Atlantic Way and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Salthill Promenade and Poulnabrone Dolmen will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Doolin Cave (in Doolin) and King John's Castle (in Limerick). The adventure continues: make a trip to Quay Street, stroll through Eyre Square, and take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Galway itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Doolin Cave, Poulnabrone Dolmen, King John's Castle
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle

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.
Trim Castle and Wicklow Mountains National Park will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bru na Boinne and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Smithwick's Experience (in Kilkenny) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at National Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures, and admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Dublin sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

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