12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Waterford
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sligo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Dublin
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, and then appreciate the history behind James Joyce Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The Spire, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary maker site .

Houston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Houston in September, things will get cooler in Dublin: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Waterford.

Things to do in Dublin

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

1
night
Waterford

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR, and then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Waterford day trip planning website .

You can drive from Dublin to Waterford in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Waterford are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums

Side Trip

Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Highlights from your plan
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
King of the Vikings VR ©
King of the Vikings VR
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

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 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, and then make a trip to Ladies' View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, then appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Killarney trip planner .

Drive from Waterford to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Patrick's Church
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and then admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway trip builder website .

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Bay ©
Galway Bay

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, appreciate the history behind St. Patrick Statue, and then stroll through The Great Western Greenway.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport travel route tool .

Getting from Galway to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Michael Davitt Museum
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

1
night
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sligo trip maker .

You can drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yeats's Grave
Highlights from your plan
Lissadell House ©
Lissadell House
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

1
night
Dublin

Dublin ©
On the 3rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Merrion Square.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planning app .

Getting from Sligo to Dublin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Highlights from your plan
Merrion Square ©
Merrion Square

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