17 days in Kilkenny & Galway Itinerary

17 days in Kilkenny & Galway Itinerary

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Kilkenny — 8 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.
Relax by the water at Curracloe Beach and Ballinoulart Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum & Kilmurrin Cove), Wexford (Baginbun Beach & Tintern Abbey) and Enniscorthy (The National 1798 Rebellion Centre & Curracloe Beach). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip planner.

Dublin to Kilkenny is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. March in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway — 8 nights

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.
Visit Lahinch Beach and Salthill Beaches for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Miltown Malbay (Spanish Point Beach & White Strand Beach), Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan) and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell). On the 17th (Sat), spend a cool day on the water with Charter Ireland. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, make a trip to Quay Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dog's Bay Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galway day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Galway in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Galway are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.
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