13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Dublin
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ballyvaughan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Glengarriff
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  13 h
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Wall of Fame, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and finally examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Temple Bar, stroll around St Stephens Green, steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, then steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally walk around Phoenix Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin vacation planner.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In June, Dublin is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Minaun, cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, identify plant and animal life at Mulranny Saltmarsh, then stroll through The Great Western Greenway, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at The Lost Valley, cruise along Killadoon Standing Stone, then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and finally stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Westport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Westport, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Killadoon Standing Stone, Minaun, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, The Lost Valley, Mulranny Saltmarsh
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley

1
night
Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan ©
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, then look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, and finally Head underground at Aillwee Cave.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ballyvaughan trip tool .

Traveling by car from Westport to Ballyvaughan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Ballyvaughan, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

County Clare
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, then cruise along Slea Head Drive, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): cruise along Dingle Peninsula, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dingle Oceanworld, then enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dingle vacation builder .

Getting from Ballyvaughan to Dingle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. June in Dingle sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then make a trip to Ladies' View, then cruise along Ring of Kerry, and finally hike along The Kerry Way. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, then go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, then appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Killarney travel route website .

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glengarriff.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, Kerry Cliffs
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:
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Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

1
night
Glengarriff

Glengarriff ©
Glengarriff is a village of approximately 800 people on the N71 national secondary road in the Beara Peninsula of County Cork, Ireland. On the 20th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, hike along Beara Way, then explore the striking landscape at Healy Pass, and finally head off the coast to Garinish Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glengarriff trip builder tool .

You can drive from Killarney to Glengarriff in 1.5 hours. June in Glengarriff sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Glengarriff

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Healy Pass
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:
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Garinish Island ©
Garinish Island
Healy Pass ©
Healy Pass
Beara Way ©
Beara Way

1
night
Cork

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, head off the coast to Spike Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork online travel route planner .

You can drive from Glengarriff to Cork in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cobh
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, explore the fascinating landscape at The Ice Cream Parlour, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, take in the exciting artwork at VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny road trip site .

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
The Ice Cream Parlour ©
The Ice Cream Parlour

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