12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip itinerary planning app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Kilkenny is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, you will find days in Kilkenny are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Rock of Cashel
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and St. Mary's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Kerry Cliffs and Aran Sweater Market. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, hike along Old Kenmare Road, and sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Killarney online vacation planner .

Drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

1
night
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, get engrossed in the history at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dingle online journey planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne ©
Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Kirwan's Lane, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and finally see the interesting displays at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Connemara Celtic Crystal, explore the historical opulence of Aughnanure Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Galway driving holiday planner.

Getting from Dingle to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Galway sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cong, Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre, Aughnanure Castle, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Highlights from your plan
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

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.
Guinness Storehouse and The Mill at Avoca Village will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Kilmainham Gaol and Temple Bar. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Glendalough Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, and steep yourself in history at Hill of Tara (Temair).

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dublin road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dublin are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, The Mill at Avoca Village, Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Hill of Tara (Temair)
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

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