8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Killarney
— 2 nights
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gap of Dunloe and St. Mary's Cathedral. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Torc Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Gallarus Oratory (in Dingle) and Inch Beach (in Inch). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey and step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Killarney trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Killarney is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, you will find days in Killarney are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dingle, Inch Beach
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, then delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park, then get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, and then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny holiday planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House, then step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, then steep yourself in history at Hill of Tara (Temair), and finally steep yourself in history at Bru na Boinne. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, then take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and finally examine the collection at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dublin visit planner .

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, Dublin is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hill of Tara (Temair), Powerscourt Gardens and House, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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