12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland route planner
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Dingle — 2 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 22nd (Sat), take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dingle online road trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dingle is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Dingle, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in April; daily highs in Dingle reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Killarney.
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Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Tours
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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 24th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, then don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, and finally take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, then admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

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Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Cork.
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Cork — 2 nights

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 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally contemplate the long history of James Fort. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ballycotton Cliff Walk.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cork travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April in Cork, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 1 night

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 28th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin — 4 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Malahide Castle. Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Dublinia will appeal to history buffs. When in Dublin, make a side trip to see Bru na Boinne in Donore, approximately Donore away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Temple Bar, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

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Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Dublin, with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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