15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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:  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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Abbey. Museum-lovers will get to explore King of the Vikings VR and Rothe House and Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Ferns Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park, and get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: highs in Kilkenny hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Inch Beach and Coumeenoole Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Slea Head Drive and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Fri) at Skellig Michael.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 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

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, then look for gifts at 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: contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, kick back and relax at Fanore Beach, then view the masterpieces at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ballyvaughan online trip maker .

Getting from Dingle to Ballyvaughan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In July in Ballyvaughan, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

County Clare, Burren National Park, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Burren Perfumery, Fanore Beach
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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): delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inishmore visit planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Ballyvaughan to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa

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.
For shopping fun, head to National Gallery of Ireland or Grafton Street. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and DoDublin. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Temple Bar, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, learn about all things military at Richmond Barracks, and stroll through St. Stephen's Green.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, taxi, and train from Inishmore to Dublin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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