7 days in Ireland Itinerary

7 days in Ireland Itinerary

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7 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Galway
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kilkenny
— Few hours
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Louisville

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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 3rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galway driving holiday planner .

Louisville, USA to Galway is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Louisville to Galway, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Louisville in August, plan for cooler days in Galway, with highs around 62°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites
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Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 4th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Killarney online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Galway to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August in Killarney, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

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night
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 5th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens and then get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cork sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Cork are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fota Wildlife Park
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Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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hours
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.
On the 6th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and then don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip tool .

Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Parks
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Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Dublinia: The Heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin day trip tool .

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

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