11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Red Deer
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
2
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
5
Cork
— Few hours
6
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Red Deer

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bru na Boinne and St. Michan's Church. Get some historical perspective at Kilmainham Gaol and Trim Castle. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Grafton Street, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, and see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin custom trip planner.

Red Deer, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Red Deer to Dublin, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Dublin when traveling from Red Deer in May, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

1
night
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 9th (Thu): stop by OMG @ Zhivago, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway custom trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Galway, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
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Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
OMG Zhivago ©
OMG Zhivago

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nights
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Lahinch Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hag's Head.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Liscannor tour planner.

You can drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahinch Beach, Doolin Cave
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Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

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nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stop by NU goldsmith, then view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, and then stroll through Inch Beach. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Blasket Island, then see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, and finally kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dingle trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Liscannor to Dingle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Blasket Island, Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

few
hours
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.
On the 13th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old English Market/City Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cork sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Cork takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Cork, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
The English Market ©
The English Market

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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 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Black Abbey.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kilkenny travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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