12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland tour itinerary planner

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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Doolin
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny

— 3 nights

Marble City

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Curracloe Beach and Curracloe Beach. For shopping fun, head to Reginald's Tower or Nicholas Mosse Pottery. When in Kilkenny, make a side trip to see The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception in Wexford, approximately Wexford away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry, and explore and take pictures at Mount Juliet Estate.

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Oakland, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Oakland to Kilkenny due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Oakland in March: high temperatures in Kilkenny hover around 50°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, then get great views at Cliffs of Moher, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Clare Coastal Walk Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian, then stop by Burren Perfumery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

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Drive from Kilkenny to Doolin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Doolin are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

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Galway

— 2 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salthill Beaches, surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry, and then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle.

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Drive from Doolin to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in April, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Dublin

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get some historical perspective at Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Head to Grafton Street and DesignYardfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

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Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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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.