12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Toronto
Fly + bus:  12​h
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kylemore
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cashel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Waterford
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
Toronto

2
days
Galway

Galway ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park and then step into the grandiose world of Claregalway Castle. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Galway is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in September: high temperatures in Galway hover around 17°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kylemore.

Things to do in Galway

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

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Claregalway Castle
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Connemara National Park ©
Connemara National Park
Claregalway Castle ©
Claregalway Castle
Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade

1
day
Kylemore

Kylemore ©
Established on the same grounds as Kylemore Castle, Kylemore Abbey monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine nuns who escaped from Belgium during World War I.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Glassilaun Beach, then stroll through Renvyle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kylemore route builder app .

You can drive from Galway to Kylemore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Kylemore, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kylemore

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Renvyle Beach, Glassilaun Beach
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Glassilaun Beach ©
Glassilaun Beach

2
days
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.James Church and then kick back and relax at Inch Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach, identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, then step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kylemore to Dingle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Great Blasket Island, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Inch Beach
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
days
Killarney

Killarney ©
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 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Friary. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church, relax in the rural setting at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Glengarriff Nature Reserve, then don't miss a visit to Uragh Stone Circle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Killarney trip tool .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cashel.

Things to do in Killarney

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Kenmare, Uragh Stone Circle, Glengarriff Nature Reserve
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Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Glengarriff Nature Reserve ©
Glengarriff Nature Reserve

1
day
Cashel

Cashel ©
A tiny settlement rich in history, Cashel maintains the old-fashioned charm of a small market town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, then hike along St. Declan's Way, then explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cashel trip planning app .

You can drive from Killarney to Cashel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Cashel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Cashel

#Historic Sites, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trips

St. Declan's Way, Cahir Castle
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Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

3
days
Waterford

Waterford ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hook Lighthouse and Colclough Walled Garden. Popular historic sites such as Jerpoint Abbey and Black Abbey are in your itinerary. Explore Waterford's surroundings by going to Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan), St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower (in Kilkenny) and Castlecomer Discovery Park (in Castlecomer). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Irish National Heritage Park, go from sight to sight with Passage East Car Ferry, and enjoy the sand and surf at Woodstown Strand.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Waterford holiday site .

Getting from Cashel to Waterford by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Waterford sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waterford

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Irish National Heritage Park, Hook Lighthouse, Jerpoint Abbey
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Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park

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