17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Train:  2​h 30​min
1
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Dublin
— 5 nights
End: Dublin

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre.

Plan my day in Cork using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Dublin to Cork is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. May in Cork sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Visiting Killarney National Park and Kerry Cliffs will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Dingle (Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, St. Mary's Church, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, browse the exhibits of Peter Cox Photography Gallery, stroll through Muckross House, and visit Killarney Falconry.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney route app .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Killarney, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dingle, Kerry Cliffs
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Oranmore Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, and finally stroll around Eyre Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, then take in nature's colorful creations at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway route maker site .

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Galway sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Ferns Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marys Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip builder app .

You can drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ferns Castle, Mayfield Birds of Prey
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glendalough Cathedral and Bru na Boinne. Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry), The Mill at Avoca Village (in Avoca) and Trim Castle (in Trim). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, explore the striking landscape of Wicklow Mountains National Park, make a trip to The Spire, and appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dublin when traveling from Kilkenny in May, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vale of Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne, The Mill at Avoca Village
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14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

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