11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Doolin
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Waterford
— 1 night
Bus
4
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Dublin — 5 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Temple Bar, don't miss a visit to Merrion Square, stroll around Phoenix Park, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

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Beirut, Lebanon to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Beirut to Dublin, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beirut in December, expect nights in Dublin to be slightly colder, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Doolin.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Doolin — 2 nights

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): have fun at Castlefergus Equestrian and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at The Farmyard, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, then explore the galleries of Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., and finally don't miss a visit to Cliffs of Moher.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Doolin road trip planning site.

You can drive from Dublin to Doolin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
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Waterford — 1 night

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Bishop's Palace, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then explore the galleries of Reginald's Tower, and finally make a trip to Thomas Francis Meagher statue.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waterford online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Doolin to Waterford by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 2 nights

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 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip maker.

Getting from Waterford to Kilkenny by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train; or drive. December in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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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