15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Bus:  19 h 30 min
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Carlingford
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, King of the Vikings VR, & more), Quadventure (in Clonroche) and 3D Archery Ireland (in New Ross). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take an in-depth tour of J.F.K. Trust Dunbrody, steep yourself in history at Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, and sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny driving holiday site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kilkenny is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 8 hours. In December, Kilkenny is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 11°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterford, County Wexford, 3D Archery Ireland, Quadventure
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Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ballyhack Castle ©
Ballyhack Castle

2
nights
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 25th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, then sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, and finally steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blacks Brewery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cork trip planner .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Cork

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinsale, St Colman’s Cathedral
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Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Spend the 28th (Sat) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. There's lots more to do: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, don't miss a visit to Middle Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, and explore the landscape on two wheels at South Park.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galway online trip builder .

You can drive from Cork to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Galway sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carlingford.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

County Clare, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
The Burren ©
The Burren

1
night
Carlingford

Carlingford ©
Carlingford is a coastal town and civil parish in northern County Louth, Ireland. On the 30th (Mon), enjoy some diversion at Carlingford Adventure Centre and then pause for some photo ops at Saint Brigid’s Shrine and Well.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlingford trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Galway to Carlingford in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Carlingford

Fun & Games

Side Trip

Saint Brigid’s Shrine and Well
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Carlingford Adventure Centre ©
Carlingford Adventure Centre

4
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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, walk around Phoenix Park, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Carlingford to Dublin in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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