18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kenmare
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 1 night
Drive
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Galway
— 2 nights
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Inishmore
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Dublin — 2 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Guinness Storehouse and Wicklow Mountains National Park will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dublin Zoo, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary builder website.

Nashville, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Nashville in October, expect Dublin to be little chillier, temps between 57°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Castlecomer Discovery Park, then don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.
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Kinsale — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and then play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Fota Wildlife Park, and then look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kinsale trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Kilkenny to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kenmare.
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Kenmare — 2 nights

Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
On the 24th (Mon), stop by Skyline Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Stone Circle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, and finally identify plant and animal life at Garinish Island. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Staigue Fort, stroll around Gleninchaquin Park, and then look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kenmare trip planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Kenmare in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Kenmare, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney — 2 nights

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 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

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Getting from Kenmare to Killarney by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 1 night

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James' Church, then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and then head off the coast to Great Blasket Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle travel planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dingle are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.
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Galway — 2 nights

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 29th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, then make a trip to Quay Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and finally kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then stroll around Eyre Square, and then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Galway tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Inishmore.
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Inishmore — 2 nights

Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, then trek along The Wormhole, and then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Inishmore holiday maker site.

Getting from Galway to Inishmore by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Inishmore are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.
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