15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Bus:  13 h
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Ballyvaughan
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  1 h 45 min
4
Inishmore
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Train:  5 h
5
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kilkenny Castle and Ferns Castle are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jerpoint Abbey and Rothe House and Garden. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas), Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan) and King of the Vikings (in Waterford). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Curracloe Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kilkenny visit planner.

Washington DC, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Kilkenny is 5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you will find days in Kilkenny are cooler (65°F), and nights are slightly colder (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mayfield Birds of Prey, Ferns Castle, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, King of the Vikings, Curracloe Beach
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Wexford Wildfowl Reserve ©
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Escape the urban bustle at Skellig Michael and Inch Beach. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's more to do: stroll through Coumeenoole Beach and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive, Skellig Michael
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Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive

2
nights
Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan ©
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
On the 14th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, stop by Burren Perfumery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and finally identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, enjoy the sand and surf at Fanore Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ballyvaughan online route planner.

Getting from Dingle to Ballyvaughan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

County Clare, Fanore Beach, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Burren National Park, Burren Perfumery
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Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, then stroll through Kilmurvey Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Inishmore online tour planner.

Getting from Ballyvaughan to Inishmore by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches) ©
Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches)
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at DoDublin and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College Dublin. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, and stroll around St Stephens Green.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Inishmore to Dublin in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Dublin sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

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

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