15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Dublin
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Waterford
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Donore
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
9
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Johannesburg


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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): walk around St Stephens Green.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Dublin is minus 2 hours. In March, Dublin is cooler than Johannesburg - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks
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St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll around Kilkenny Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny day trip website .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. March in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rock of Cashel
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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Waterford

Waterford
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Waterford itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Waterford takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Waterford are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You'll set off for Cork on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Waterford

Outdoors Nightlife Parks
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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.
On the 9th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then look for gifts at Iago, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, head off the coast to Spike Island, and then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cork online holiday maker .

You can take a bus from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Titanic Experience Cobh
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

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Killarney

Killarney ©
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 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall and then explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney travel planner .

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, and then don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Galway tour planner .

Drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

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Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Westport House, cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and then grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, admire the striking features of Newport Railway Viaduct, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Westport tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Westport, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Newport Railway Viaduct, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

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Donore

Donore ©
Only 2 km (1.25 mi) from World Heritage Site Bru na Boinne, the tiny village of Donore in County Meath supports a population of roughly 700 people.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Newgrange and then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Donore road trip app .

Getting from Westport to Donore by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Donore

Historic Sites
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Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Newgrange ©
Newgrange

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Dublin

Dublin ©
See some other sides of Dublin: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dublin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Donore to Dublin in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

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

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