11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Blarney
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Bunratty
— 2 nights
5
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Memphis

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 13th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny tour planner.

Memphis, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 17.5-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 Memphis in July, expect nights in Kilkenny to be a bit cooler, around 56°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Blarney.

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 ©

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hours
Blarney

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol and then explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Blarney vacation planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Blarney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Blarney can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cork City Gaol
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Great Blasket Centre and Island and Celtic and Prehistoric Museum. St.James Church and Irish Famine Cottages will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilmalkedar Church, and head off the coast to Great Blasket Island.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle custom trip planner.

Drive from Blarney to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bunratty.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Celtic and Prehistoric Museum
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

2
nights
Bunratty

Bunratty ©
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Knappogue Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Craggaunowen, and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bunratty vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Bunratty in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Craggaunowen, Knappogue Castle
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Craggaunowen ©
Craggaunowen
Knappogue Castle ©
Knappogue Castle

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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 inner history buff will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple Bar and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, see the interesting displays at The Little Museum of Dublin, and pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dublin itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bunratty to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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