12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  21​h 30​min
1
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Burren National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
3
Doolin
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 30​min
4
Inisheer
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
5
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Blarney
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cashel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Kilkenny
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral and Quay Street. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through Salthill Beaches, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): explore the activities along Galway Bay, then take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary builder.

Chicago, USA to Galway is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Galway reach 60°F and lows reach 46°F. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Burren National Park.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

few
hours
Burren National Park

Burren National Park ©
To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Burren National Park itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Galway to Burren National Park takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Doolin.

Things to do in Burren National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Burren National Park
Highlights from your plan
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

1
night
Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
You've now added Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Doolin travel planner.

You can drive from Burren National Park to Doolin in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Doolin are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Mon) before leaving for Inisheer.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks

Side Trip

Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
Highlights from your plan
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark ©
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

few
hours
Inisheer

Inisheer
Aran Islands Walks has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Inisheer trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Doolin to Inisheer. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Inisheer

Tours

1
night
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dingle Slea Head Tours, Killarney National Park and Ring of Kerry. On the 30th (Tue), head outdoors with Ring of Kerry and then gain interesting insight with Dingle Slea Head Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Inisheer to Killarney with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Blarney.

Things to do in Killarney

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, Dingle Slea Head Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Dingle Slea Head Tours ©
Dingle Slea Head Tours

few
hours
Blarney

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
You've now added Blarney Castle & Gardens to your itinerary. On the 31st (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Blarney holiday planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Blarney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Blarney, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

few
hours
Cashel

Cashel ©
A tiny settlement rich in history, Cashel maintains the old-fashioned charm of a small market town.
Rock of Cashel has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cashel trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Blarney to Cashel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cashel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

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.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Black Abbey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Cashel to Kilkenny in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

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

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jameson Distillery Bow St, Dublin Castle and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. On the 1st (Thu), appreciate the history behind James Joyce Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dublin Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, and finally sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dublin tour planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Dublin, with lows around 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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