12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
3
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Galway
— 1 night
8
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Brussels

1
night
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.
To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Dublin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Dublin due to the time zone difference. September in Dublin sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites
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Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

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 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, explore the world behind art at Butler Gallery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Black Abbey, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

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

1
night
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 3rd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then sample the fine beverages at The Jameson Experience, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cork vacation planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Blarney Castle & Gardens, Jameson Distillery Midleton
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Jameson Distillery Midleton ©
Jameson Distillery Midleton

1
night
Killarney

Killarney ©
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 4th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Killarney vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

1
night
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 5th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle itinerary builder.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
St.James Church ©
St.James Church
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

2
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 6th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Liscannor holiday planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Liscannor in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Liscannor are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahinch, Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Galway itinerary builder.

Getting from Liscannor to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Galway are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum

3
nights
Dublin

Dublin ©
On the 9th (Sat), admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St, then admire the landmark architecture of Dublin Castle, then examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip builder.

Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Dublin Writers Museum ©
Dublin Writers Museum
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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