13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + bus:  13​h
1
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cork
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Step off the beaten path and head to Wild Atlantic Way and Galway Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, walk around Eyre Square, and don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Galway vacation maker website .

Philadelphia, USA to Galway is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, things will get much colder in Galway: highs are around 63°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 10th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island and then take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip maker .

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Dingle are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get in touch with nature at Gap of Dunloe and Ring of Kerry. Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Muckross Abbey will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Garinish Island in Glengarriff (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, get great views at Moll's Gap, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney visit planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 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 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry, Garinish Island
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, head off the coast to Spike Island, and then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ballycotton Cliff Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork trip planner .

Getting from Killarney to Cork by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Cork are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Charles Fort, Cobh Cathedral
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Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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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.
On the 17th (Fri), sample the fine beverages at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle, and then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House, then explore the historical opulence of Malahide Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin visit planner .

You can take a train from Cork to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Malahide Castle, Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle

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