15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Galway
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
Inishmore
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kinsale
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
Washington DC

3
days
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 Glendalough Monastic Settlement. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Grafton Street and Sheridans. And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip planning tool .

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. In May, Dublin is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping

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

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at My Shop... Granny Likes It, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Cong Heritage Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Knockma Forest Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Claregalway Castle, look for gifts at Connemara Celtic Crystal, look for gifts at Standun, view the masterpieces at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and finally stop by OMG Zhivago.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Galway road trip site .

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Galway sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trips

Spiddal, The Cong Heritage Trail, Claregalway Castle, Knockma Forest Walk, Connemara Celtic Crystal
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Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Claregalway Castle ©
Claregalway Castle

1
day
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market, then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilmurvey Beach.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inishmore sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Aran Sweater Market ©
Aran Sweater Market

2
days
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 14th (Tue), look for gifts at Connemara Blue, look for gifts at Clifden Bookshop, get a taste of the local shopping with Roundstone Ceramics, stop by Lowry's Sweater & Gift Shop, then stop by Cottage Handcrafts, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sky Rd, stop by O`Dalaigh Jewellers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannin Bay Blueway, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Hehirs Of Clifden.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Clifden planning tool .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Clifden

#Shopping, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Roundstone Ceramics, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Cottage Handcrafts
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Cottage Handcrafts ©
Cottage Handcrafts
O`Dalaigh Jewellers ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers

2
days
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 16th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by Kathleen McAuliffe, and finally stop by John Weldon Jewellers. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Holden Leathergoods, explore the wide array of goods at Strand House Cafe, stop by NU goldsmith, look for gifts at Dingle Crystal, then look for gifts at Dingle Record Shop, and finally view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dingle trip planner.

You can drive from Clifden to Dingle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Dingle sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

#Shopping, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
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John Weldon Jewellers ©
John Weldon Jewellers
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
The Carol Cronin Gallery ©
The Carol Cronin Gallery

2
days
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, then contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, then identify plant and animal life at Glengarriff Nature Reserve, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Ladies' View, look for gifts at Skyline Gallery, look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop, then delve into the distant past at Uragh Stone Circle, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip planner .

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Killarney are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Glengarriff Nature Reserve, Uragh Stone Circle
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Glengarriff Nature Reserve ©
Glengarriff Nature Reserve
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

2
days
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens. On the next day, stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery and then take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kinsale trip maker app .

You can drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Kinsale sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cork, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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The English Market ©
The English Market
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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