18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner

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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Dingle
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 2 nights
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Limerick
— 2 nights
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Dublin

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Guinness Storehouse and Chester Beatty. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Vagabond Tours (in Greystones) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, see the interesting displays at GPO Museum, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dublin road trip planning site.

Houston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in September, things will get much colder in Dublin: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

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 8th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny day trip planning app.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, then examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, and finally deepen your knowledge of military history at Haulbowline Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, steep yourself in history at Cork City Gaol, then take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally explore the galleries of The Boathouse Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cork travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cork are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get a sense of the local culture at Muckross Abbey and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. Step off the beaten path and head to Gap of Dunloe and Climbing Tours. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, make a trip to Ladies' View, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Killarney road trip planner.

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, then cruise along Dingle Peninsula, then head off the coast to Great Blasket Island, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Coumeenoole Beach. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilmalkedar Church, and finally kick back and relax at Inch Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Dingle trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Dingle, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

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.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Abbey of Cong.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Galway online visit planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Limerick

— 2 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Foynes Flying Boat Museum, stop by Lucy Erridge Crafts, Fashion & Art, then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, then admire the masterpieces at Hunt Museum, and finally tee off at Dromoland Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral and then explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Limerick travel route planning app.

You can drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Limerick, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Museums · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 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.