17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Galway
— 2 nights
7
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: San Francisco

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.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, and finally head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marys Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Cashel Folk Village, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny online road trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 15.5-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 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kilkenny. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Kilkenny, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Cashel
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:
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Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally steep yourself in history at James Fort. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, look for gifts at Tregan Craft Centre, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cork trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Cork, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cobh, Kinsale, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
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Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
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.
Get in touch with nature at Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall. Muckross Abbey and St. Mary's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Kenmare Road, and steep yourself in history at Muckross House.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Killarney online route planner .

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Killarney, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerry Cliffs
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Skellig Michael and Gallarus Oratory for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Slea Head Drive. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dingle online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Dingle, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Skellig Michael, Slea Head Drive
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

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 31st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and then catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Limerick trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Limerick takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Limerick are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Castlefergus Equestrian, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

2
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.
On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong and then get outside with Wild Atlantic Way. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary website .

Drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Limerick, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Galway, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Royal Abbey of Cong
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Room Escape Games
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chester Beatty Library and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Trinity College Dublin and St. Michan's Church will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and stroll through St. Stephen's Green.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dublin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:
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Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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