15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Drive to Holyhead, Ferry to Dublin
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Dublin
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Roscrea
— 1 night
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Galway
— 2 nights
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Doolin
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 2 nights
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Dublin

— 3 nights

Fair City

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 6th (Sat), don't miss a visit to The Spire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Newman University Church, then browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and finally stroll the grounds of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dublin driving holiday planner.

Durham, UK to Dublin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Kilkenny

— 2 nights

Marble City

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 9th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle, admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from The Clock Tower. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planner.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Roscrea.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Roscrea

— 1 night
Roscrea is an historical market town in County Tipperary, Ireland. On the 11th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Nenagh Heritage Centre, explore the historical opulence of Nenagh Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Leap Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Fancroft Mill & Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Roscrea trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Roscrea in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Roscrea can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Roscrea

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Galway

— 2 nights

City of the Tribes

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 12th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then browse the exhibits of Lynch's Castle, then browse the exhibits of Galway Arts Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Quay Street. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, admire the masterpieces at Connemara Marble Visitor's Center, take a memorable tour with Glengowla Mines, then look for gifts at Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

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You can drive from Roscrea to Galway in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Doolin

— 2 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations, then Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, and finally take an in-depth tour of Burren Exposure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project, explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, then contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, and finally see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Doolin trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Galway to Doolin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Killarney

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Kerry County Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Killarney online route planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Killarney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Cork

— 2 nights

Rebel City

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 18th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally stop by Tregan Craft Centre. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally contemplate the long history of James Fort.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cork vacation maker tool.

Drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.