10 days in Ireland & County Donegal Itinerary

10 days in Ireland & County Donegal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive
3
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive
4
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive
5
Donegal Town
— 3 nights
Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Philadelphia

S M T W T F S
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, stroll around St Stephens Green, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip planning website.

Philadelphia, USA to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Dublin is little chillier than Philadelphia - with highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Kilkenny

— 1 night

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 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, view the masterpieces at Valerie Walshe Contemporary, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Killarney

— 1 night
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Killarney trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Liscannor

— 1 night
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project, stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Liscannor trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Liscannor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Donegal Town

— 3 nights
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Biddy’s O’Barnes. When in Donegal Town, make a side trip to see Slieve League in Carrick, approximately Carrick away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route, don't miss a visit to Barnesmore Gap, explore the ancient world of Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey), and play a few rounds at Donegal Golf Club.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Donegal Town route builder app.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Donegal Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

County Donegal travel guide

4.5
Castles · Lookouts · Historic Sites
O'Donnell's County
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions. Despite its large size, the county houses just over 150,000 residents spread across a landscape of low mountains and natural sea loughs. A bastion of Gaelic culture, the region maintains a distinct cultural identity and a fierce spirit of independence, exemplified by the popular saying "Up here it's different." A place of extremes, County Donegal features a rugged interior and an even rockier coastline, boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, this region offers you a chance to discover a quieter side of Ireland largely untouched by commercialization and mass tourism.