12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Sacramento
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Dublin
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Doolin
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Adare
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Kenmare
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
End: Dublin

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Spire, pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary planning tool.

Sacramento, USA to Dublin is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sacramento to Dublin, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sacramento, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
James Joyce Statue ©
James Joyce Statue

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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 10th (Sat): stroll around Eyre Square, get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally stop by Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Galway trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Dublin, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Galway, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Eyre Square ©
Eyre Square

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Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Irish Crafts - Doolin, step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Doolin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Galway to Doolin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Adare.

Things to do in Doolin

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Irish Crafts - Doolin ©
Irish Crafts - Doolin

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nights
Adare

Adare ©
Adare is a small town in County Limerick, Ireland, located south-west of the city of Limerick. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Desmond Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Abbey Church, and then look for gifts at Adare Heritage Centre. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur and then don't miss a visit to Blarney Stone.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Adare trip planner.

Getting from Doolin to Adare by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Adare, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Adare

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, Blarney Stone
Highlights from your plan
Desmond Castle ©
Desmond Castle
Blarney Stone ©
Blarney Stone
Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur ©
Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur

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nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Go for a jaunt from Killarney to Kinsale to see Charles Fort about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, make a trip to Ladies' View, and explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

Make your Killarney itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Adare to Killarney in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Killarney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Patrick's Church, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

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hours
Kenmare

Kenmare
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
On the 16th (Fri), look for gifts at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kenmare road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Kenmare takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kenmare are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kenmare

Shopping

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate the long history of James Fort, then tee off at Old Head Golf Links, then take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and finally examine the collection at Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blacks Brewery, and then take an in-depth tour of Skibbereen Heritage Centre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kinsale online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kenmare to Kinsale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums Golf Historic Sites

Side Trip

Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Skibbereen Heritage Centre ©
Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Blacks Brewery ©
Blacks Brewery
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

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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 19th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kilkenny tour itinerary builder app.

Drive from Kinsale to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the bus back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden
Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience

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