11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  16 h 15 min
1
Sligo
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Killarney
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
8
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Seattle

1
day
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Flying, then take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, and finally trek along Rosses Point Loop Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sligo trip builder .

Seattle, USA to Sligo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Seattle to Sligo due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in September: highs in Sligo hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Rosses Point Loop Walk, Eagles Flying
Highlights from your plan
Eagles Flying ©
Eagles Flying
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 15th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Westport online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sligo to Westport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Westport sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ballintubber Abbey, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Ballintubber Abbey
Ballintubber Abbey

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 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, and finally don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Galway trip itinerary site .

Drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Galway sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
The Legend of the Claddagh Ring ©
The Legend of the Claddagh Ring

1
night
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 17th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally kick back and relax at Inch Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dingle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Dingle, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, make a trip to Ladies' View, then head outdoors with Ring of Kerry, and finally contemplate the long history of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Killarney holiday maker website .

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Ring of Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 20th (Fri), explore by horseback at Castlefergus Equestrian, explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Munchin's Catholic Church, then explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hunt Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Limerick driving holiday planner.

Getting from Killarney to Limerick by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Castlefergus Equestrian, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum

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 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Nore Valley Walking Route, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then take in the exciting artwork at The Blackbird Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planner .

Traveling by car from Limerick to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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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 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, and finally step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty Library, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip maker site .

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

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