12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Hartford
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21 h 30 min
1
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
6
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
End: Hartford

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway visit planning site .

Hartford, USA to Galway is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Hartford to Galway due to the time zone difference. In September, Galway is a bit cooler than Hartford - with highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Royal Abbey of Cong
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, and finally cruise along Dingle Peninsula.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip maker website .

Drive from Galway to Dingle in 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 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass

1
night
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 16th (Mon): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

2
nights
Cork

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fota Wildlife Park, and then step off the mainland to explore Spike Island. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, then browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, then get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and finally gain insight at University College Cork (UCC).

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork journey website .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre

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 19th (Thu), don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and finally get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny route builder app .

Traveling by car from Cork 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 your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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 20th (Fri), tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour. On the next day, make a trip to Dublin Spire, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, then get lost in a book at Marsh's Library, and finally make a trip to Temple Bar.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin route planner .

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Beer Tastings & Tours
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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