17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner
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Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kinsale
— 1 night
Drive
4
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Galway
— 4 nights
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Dublin — 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sheridans and Ulysses Rare Books. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stroll around Phoenix Park, stop by Kevin & Howlin, and admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin.

Before you visit Dublin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Dublin. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with highs in Dublin at 10°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then stop by Kilkenny Handwrought Silver, then look for gifts at Kilkenny Design Centre, and finally browse the different shops at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Kilkenny Crystal, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then look for gifts at Darcys Treasures, and finally look for gifts at Kittys cabin.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kinsale.
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Kinsale — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, stop by Aunty Nellie's Sweet Shop Kinsale, then stop by Kinsale Crystal, then stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery, and finally stop by Kinsale Silver.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kinsale trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Head to Strand House Cafe and NU goldsmithfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Inch Beach and Coumeenoole Beach. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. It doesn't end there: stop by Dingle Crystal and enjoy the music at Siopa Ceoil An Daingin - Dingle Music Shop.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle route builder.

Drive from Kinsale to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway — 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Hungry Monk Art and Craft Gallery and Kirwan's Lane. We've included these beaches for you: Lahinch Beach and Salthill Beaches. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Mulranny Strand (in Mulranny), Westport (Lina Stein & Derryaun Crafts) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). There's much more to do: stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, browse the range of quality goods at OMG Zhivago, and play a few rounds at Galway Golf Club.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway day trip site.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dingle in December, with highs in Galway at 8°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel 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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