14 days in Ireland Itinerary

14 days in Ireland Itinerary

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14 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Ferns Castle (in Ferns), Tintern Abbey (in Wexford) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny day trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Kilkenny. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Kilkenny at 58°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tintern Abbey, Irish National Heritage Park, Ferns Castle, Curracloe Beach
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery

3
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney), Blackwater Woodturners (in Kenmare) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dingle). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, don't miss a visit to Dingle Peninsula, and admire the natural beauty at Muckross House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Killarney trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kilkenny to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Dingle Peninsula, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blackwater Woodturners
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge. (in Lisdoonvarna). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Scattery Island, contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, stroll around Eyre Square, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren.

To find out how to plan a trip to Galway, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Galway sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Castlefergus Equestrian, Scattery Island, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge.
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Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

4
nights
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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Dublin sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

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

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