12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville, Florida
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  16 h 30 min
1
Kilkenny
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  14 h 15 min
End: Jacksonville, Florida

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Medieval Mile Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

Make your Kilkenny itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Jacksonville, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of car, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Jacksonville in September: highs in Kilkenny hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Black Abbey ©
Black Abbey

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to The English Market or St Patrick Street. Visit Cobh Cathedral and Charles Fort for their historical value. Step out of Cork to go to Cobh and see Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, pause for some photo ops at National Monument, and deepen your understanding at University College Cork (UCC).

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cork attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Cork, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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 14th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and finally shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, then trek along The Kerry Way, and then head outdoors with Ring of Kerry.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney itinerary site .

Getting from Cork to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

1
night
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 16th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dingle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

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 17th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, and then don't miss a visit to Quay Street. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Galway's Latin Quarter.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galway tour builder app .

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Galway are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cong
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, and then browse the exhibits of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre and then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dublin attractions planner.

Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Dublin, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty

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