10 days in Ireland Itinerary

10 days in Ireland Itinerary

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10 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kinsale
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grafton Street and National Gallery of Ireland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fallon & Byrne and Sheridans. Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Dublin, with lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick'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 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then look for gifts at Yesterdays, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny travel route builder app .

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

1
night
Galway

Galway ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, stop by Fallers Jewelers, then look for gifts at OMG Zhivago, and finally look for gifts at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Galway trip builder tool .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Galway, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Beaches Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop ©
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
OMG Zhivago ©
OMG Zhivago

1
night
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): hike along Hag's Head, explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, take in the pleasant sights at Beauty Of The Burren Walks, then look for gifts at The Celtic T Shirt Shop, and finally stop by Kenny Woollen Mills Shop.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Liscannor tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Liscannor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Liscannor, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahinch, Beauty Of The Burren Walks
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head
The Celtic T Shirt Shop ©
The Celtic T Shirt Shop

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon, look for gifts at Dingle Record Shop, stop by Kathleen McAuliffe, then stop by John Weldon Jewellers, and finally stop by The Little Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the wide array of goods at Strand House Cafe, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, then look for gifts at Holden Leathergoods, and finally view the masterpieces at Penny's Pottery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Dingle travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Liscannor to Dingle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Dingle

Shopping Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Mount Brandon, Penny's Pottery
Highlights from your plan
John Weldon Jewellers ©
John Weldon Jewellers
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Mount Brandon ©
Mount Brandon

1
night
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Kinsale Silver, stop by Kinsale Crystal, then stop by Granny's Bottom Drawer, and finally look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kinsale online visit planner .

Getting from Dingle to Kinsale by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kinsale are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver
Granny's Bottom Drawer ©
Granny's Bottom Drawer

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