15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Dublin
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  11​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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 14th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, and finally make a trip to Rock of Cashel. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally examine the collection at Reginald's Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny day trip tool .

Washington DC, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Kilkenny is 5 hours. Plan for little chillier 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 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, get engrossed in the history at Cobh Heritage Centre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cork online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. May in Cork sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, then appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Friary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, explore the ancient world of Uragh Stone Circle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, then explore the historical opulence of Carriganass Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney sightseeing planner.

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Uragh Stone Circle, Carriganass Castle, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Uragh Stone Circle ©
Uragh Stone Circle

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Grange Stone Circle, then step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Askeaton, steep yourself in history at Askeaton Friary, and then examine the collection at Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Limerick trip planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Askeaton Friary, Grange Stone Circle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Coole Park, don't miss a visit to Kilmacduagh Tower, then explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Claregalway Castle. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Claregalway Museum and Forge, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, then take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Galway trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Limerick to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Galway, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

#Historic Sites, #Scenic Drive, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Claregalway, Gort, Tyrone House
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Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Tyrone House ©
Tyrone House

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bru na Boinne and Chester Beatty Library. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College Dublin. Step out of Dublin to go to Vale of Glendalough and see Glendalough Monastic Settlement, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Dublin Castle, examine the collection at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin route app .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Breweries

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Glendalough Monastic Settlement ©
Glendalough Monastic Settlement

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