12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 3 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Kilrush
— 1 night
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Dingle
— 2 nights
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Cork
— 1 night
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Dublin — 3 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get some cultural insight at Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Let the collections at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, and stroll around St Stephens Green.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary planning tool.

Budapest, Hungary to Dublin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect Dublin to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Westport.
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Westport — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, then ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud, and then contemplate the long history of The Lost Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, then contemplate the long history of Westport House, and then explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Westport trip planning website.

Drive from Dublin to Westport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Westport sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Kilrush.
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Kilrush — 1 night

Kilrush is a coastal town in County Clare, Ireland. On the 10th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with Dolphinwatch, head off the coast to Scattery Island, and then kick back and relax at White Strand Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kilrush travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Westport to Kilrush in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 2 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dingle trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kilrush to Dingle in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cork.
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Cork — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and then see what you can catch with Eire Bass.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cork planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Cork are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): head outdoors with Hawkeye School of Falconry, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle and then learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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