12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + Bus:  18 h 45 min
1
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: San Diego

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge. (in Lisdoonvarna) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Scattery Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, don't miss a visit to Eyre Square, and ride a horse along Castlefergus Equestrian.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Galway travel app .

San Diego, USA to Galway is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Diego to Galway due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in May, things will get slightly colder in Galway: highs are around 57°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Corcomroe Abbey, Scattery Island, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge.
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Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 22nd (Fri), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get outside with Slea Head Drive. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, then take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

Plan trip to Dingle with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Dingle are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

2
nights
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 24th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, and finally head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ferns Castle, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny route maker app .

You can drive from Dingle to Kilkenny in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery

4
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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and stroll around Phoenix Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin planner.

Take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Dublin, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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