15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Waterford
— 1 night
Drive
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Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 1 night
Drive
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Westport
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castlecomer Discovery Park and Jerpoint Abbey. Get some historical perspective at Cahir Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Go for a jaunt from Kilkenny to Tullamore to see Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery Experience about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, and head outdoors with Hawkeye School of Falconry.

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Detroit, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Detroit to Kilkenny. Traveling from Detroit in December, expect Kilkenny to be somewhat warmer, temps between 49°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Waterford.
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Waterford — 1 night

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
On the 7th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Palace.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Waterford planner.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Waterford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney — 3 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Torc Mountain Walk and Kerry Cliffs. Take a break from the city and head to Killarney Falconry and Climbing Tours. Step out of Killarney to go to Glengarriff and see Bantry Bay Charters, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: cruise along Ring of Kerry, take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, trek along The Kerry Way, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Killarney trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Waterford to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dingle.
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Dingle — 1 night

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Inch Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dingle travel planning website.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Westport.
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Westport — 4 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Get in touch with nature at The Great Western Greenway and Clew Bay Archaeological Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Curraghduff Farm and Westport House. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Ballina (St. Muredach's Cathedral, Belleek Castle Museum, &more) and The Cong Heritage Trail (in Cong). Next up on the itinerary: explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud, view the masterpieces at The Quay Gallery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ross Errily Friary.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Westport driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Dingle to Westport by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Dingle in December, things will get slightly colder in Westport: highs are around 45°F and lows about 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then see the interesting displays at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at 14 Henrietta Street, examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Getting from Westport to Dublin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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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