12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kilkenny Castle and Ferns Castle are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Wexford Wildfowl Reserve and Seal Rescue Ireland. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Waterford (Reginald's Tower & King of the Vikings VR). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny day trip planning website .

Indianapolis, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Kilkenny. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, things will get a bit cooler in Kilkenny: highs are around 62°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Waterford, Enniscorthy, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Mayfield Birds of Prey, Seal Rescue Ireland
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and then play a few rounds at Cobh Golf Club.

Planning Cork trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Cork sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Cobh
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Cobh Golf Club ©
Cobh Golf Club

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cliffs of Moher and Doughmore Bay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and The Cong Heritage Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre (in Kilrush), Burren Birds of Prey Centre (in Ballyvaughan) and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, grab your bike and head to South Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Galway online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Cork to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, Burren National Park, Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Corcomroe Abbey, Cliffs of Moher
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

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 Dublin Castle will appeal to history buffs. Kilmainham Gaol and Temple Bar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, wander the streets of Grafton Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dublin day trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dublin are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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