8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  15​h 15​min
1
Kinsale
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dublin
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  11​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

1
day
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 13th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, shop like a local with Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, then look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, then stop by Kinsale Crystal, and finally look for gifts at Kinsale Silver.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kinsale online trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Kinsale is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Kinsale, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre ©
Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the wide array of goods at Strand House Cafe, stop by Holden Leathergoods, shop like a local with The Carol Cronin Gallery, then stop by Sweet Pea Gift Shop, then look for gifts at Kathleen McAuliffe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.James Church. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, view the masterpieces at Penny's Pottery, stop by Dingle Crystal, take in the exciting artwork at Dingle Artworks, then stop by Dingle Record Shop, and finally look for gifts at John Weldon Jewellers.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dingle online trip builder .

Getting from Kinsale to Dingle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Penny's Pottery
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Penny's Pottery ©
Penny's Pottery
St.James Church ©
St.James Church
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

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 16th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then steep yourself in history at Rothe House and Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny online journey planner .

Getting from Dingle to Kilkenny by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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.
Let the collections at Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grafton Street and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, view the masterpieces at Gallery of Photography, and look for gifts at Sheridans.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dublin online travel route planner .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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