12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland travel planner
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Limerick
— 1 night
Drive
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Galway
— 2 nights
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Sligo
— 1 night
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Dublin
— 2 nights
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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 13th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then steep yourself in history at Rothe House and Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Kilkenny is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Kilkenny. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in May: highs in Kilkenny hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 3 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney) and Cork (Cork City Gaol & University College Cork (UCC)). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Muckross House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney travel route tool.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to Limerick.
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Limerick — 1 night

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 17th (Tue), stop by The Lawrence Collection and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Limerick day trip planning tool.

Drive from Killarney to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Limerick, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Galway.
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Galway — 2 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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and then stroll around Eyre Square. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Galway trip planner.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Sligo.
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Sligo — 1 night

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Sligo Abbey, then admire the landmark architecture of Yeats Memorial Building, then stroll through Eagles Flying, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeats's Grave.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sligo trip planner.

Getting from Galway to Sligo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Galway in May since evenings lows in Sligo dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin — 2 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: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge, and get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dublin tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sligo in May, Dublin is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) 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.