15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cong
— 1 night
Drive
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Doolin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin day trip app.

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 59°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cong.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Cong

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then get a dose of the wild on Ireland's School of Falconry, and finally don't miss a visit to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cong trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Dublin to Cong in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Cong, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Doolin

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Get out of town with these interesting Doolin side-trips: Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin), Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, steep yourself in history at Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clare Coastal Walk Project, and explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Doolin trip itinerary site.

Getting from Cong to Doolin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Doolin sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 10th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. On your second day here, cruise along Dingle Peninsula, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Doolin to Dingle in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Dingle are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Killarney

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, then stroll through Killarney Falconry, then stroll through Muckross House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Killarney attractions planning site.

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. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Kilkenny

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Kells Priory, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then explore the galleries of Rothe House and Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, and finally get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and then explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Killarney to Kilkenny by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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.