12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Minneapolis
Fly + bus:  15​h 15​min
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Doolin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Minneapolis

2
days
Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Butter Slip. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, Inspirational Gardens & Rachel's Café, explore the historical opulence of Huntington Castle, and then stroll through The Wicklow Way.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip website .

Minneapolis, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Kilkenny. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Minneapolis in July: high temperatures in Kilkenny hover around 65°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, Inspirational Gardens & Rachel's Café, Huntington Castle, The Wicklow Way
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Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

1
day
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, then take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of James Fort.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Kinsale online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Kilkenny to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 53°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Camden Fort Meagher
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Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre ©
Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Camden Fort Meagher ©
Camden Fort Meagher

1
day
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral and then trek along The Kerry Way.

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Traveling by car from Kinsale to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

#Trails, #Parks, #Outdoors
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The Kerry Way ©
The Kerry Way
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

1
day
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Holden Leathergoods, view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, then contemplate the long history of Riasc, and finally head off the coast to Great Blasket Island.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dingle trip planning site .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Great Blasket Island
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Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Riasc ©
Riasc

2
days
Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 22nd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, then stop by Moher Cottage, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher. On the next day, stop by Burren Perfumery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, and then tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Doolin route website .

You can drive from Dingle to Doolin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Doolin

#Parks, #Nature, #Golf

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Liscannor, Burren Perfumery
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

3
days
Dublin

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wicklow Mountains National Park and Tayto Park. Head to Grafton Street and Cleo Knitwearfor plenty of shopping. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol and look for gifts at Sheridans.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip maker .

Getting from Doolin to Dublin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July in Dublin, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tayto Park, Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Tayto Park ©
Tayto Park

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