17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner

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Fly to Dublin, Bus to Galway
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Galway
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 5 nights
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Galway

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Burren National Park (in Corofin), Irish Crafts - Doolin (in Doolin) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, deepen your understanding at National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG), kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches, and explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Galway vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Brussels, Belgium to Galway is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Galway. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Brussels in July; daily highs in Galway reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Cork

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Cobh (Cobh Cathedral & Titanic Experience Cobh), Kinsale (Stone Mad Gallery, Kinsale Silver, &more) and Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, gain insight at University College Cork (UCC), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and look for gifts at Shandon Sweets.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cork driving holiday planner.

Drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Cork, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

Kilkenny

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Tintern Abbey (in Wexford), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, walk around Irish National Heritage Park, get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and enjoy the sand and surf at Curracloe Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny day trip tool.

Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Dublin

— 5 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, walk around St Stephens Green, get your bearings at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dublin vacation planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kilkenny in July since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

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.