12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 3 nights
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Westport
— 1 night
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Dublin
— 5 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross), Tintern Abbey (in Wexford) and Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, take an in-depth tour of Rothe House and Garden, and learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Kilkenny is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In August, Kilkenny is slightly colder than Bilbao - with highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.
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Galway — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Galway to Bunratty to see Bunratty Castle & Folk Park about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Poulnabrone Dolmen, walk around Eyre Square, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Galway takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Westport.
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Westport — 1 night

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 16th (Tue), stroll through The Great Western Greenway, then get in on the family fun at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House, then stroll through Westport House, and finally look for gifts at The Woollen Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Westport road trip tool.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Westport sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Dublin.
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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: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, walk around Phoenix Park, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dublin tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Westport to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly 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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