17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cork
— 2 nights
5
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
End: Amsterdam

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and Glendalough Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kilmainham Gaol and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church, and examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dublin tour itinerary planning tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Dublin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Dublin at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Cathedral
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Wild Atlantic Way. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galway Cathedral and Salthill Promenade. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, stroll around Eyre Square, and enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches.

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Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dublin in July: highs in Galway hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Popular historic sites such as Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Inch Beach and Banna Strand. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's more to do: trek along Torc Mountain Walk and make a trip to Ladies' View.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip builder tool .

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Banna Strand
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Banna Strand
Banna Strand

2
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.
On the 26th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach, contemplate the long history of Michael Collins Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

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Getting from Killarney to Cork by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Clonakilty, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Charles Fort, Cobh Cathedral
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Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilkenny Castle and Hore Abbey. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hook Lighthouse and Rothe House and Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Loftus Hall (in Hook Head), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (in Waterford). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny road trip tool .

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hook Lighthouse, Ballyhack Castle, Cahir Castle, Hore Abbey, Loftus Hall
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

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