23 days in Ireland Itinerary

23 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip maker
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 4 nights
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Dingle
— 2 nights
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Limerick
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Dublin
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Cork — 2 nights

Rebel City

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.
Let the collections at Cork City Gaol and Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Charles Fort and Cobh Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Cobh (Titanic Experience Cobh & Spike Island). There's more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton and hunt for treasures at The English Market.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cork day trip website.

San Diego, USA to Cork is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Diego to Cork due to the time zone difference. In May, Cork is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey. Get some historical perspective at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and St. Mary's Cathedral. Step out of Killarney with an excursion to Skibbereen Heritage Centre in Skibbereen--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market, make a trip to Ladies' View, and admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 2 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then sample the fine beverages at Dingle Distillery, and then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Dingle Peninsula, pause for some serene contemplation at St James' Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Limerick.
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Limerick — 2 nights

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 13th (Sat): tee off at Dromoland Castle, see the interesting displays at Foynes Flying Boat Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hunt Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Kilmallock Museum.

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Drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.
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Galway — 4 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Galway Cathedral. Visit Salthill Promenade and Athlone Castle Visitor Centre for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Clonmacnoise (in County Offaly), Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Athlone). The adventure continues: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, make a trip to Quay Street, and take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galway vacation planner.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; 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 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin — 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glendalough Cathedral and Dublinia. Explore hidden gems such as Malahide Castle and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Bru na Boinne (in Donore), Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village) and Trim Castle (in Trim). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, steep yourself in history at Powerscourt Gardens and House, and look for all kinds of wild species at Vagabond Tours.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Dublin, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then step aboard Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, and then browse for treasures at Dunamase Antiques.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Kilkenny online day trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kilkenny, with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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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