8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  15 h 45 min
1
Cork
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

1
day
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 20th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cork City Gaol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Cork is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cork due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Cork hover around 57°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, then stroll through Torc Mountain Walk, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then trek along Old Kenmare Road.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Killarney are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Old Kenmare Road, Kerry Cliffs
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
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Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

1
night
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 23rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Rothe House and Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

Start your trip to Kilkenny by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

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 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then explore the galleries of 14 Henrietta Street, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and finally examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dublin online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, Dublin is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street

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