12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  17 h
1
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Cork
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Tram + Bus + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

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 11th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, then get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, and finally browse for treasures at Galway Crafts and Collectables. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Royal Abbey of Cong, steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, then examine the collection at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, then stop by Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery, and finally make a trip to Kirwan's Lane.

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

Minneapolis, USA to Galway is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, Galway is a bit cooler than Minneapolis - with highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Cong
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Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Monk's Fishing House ©
Monk's Fishing House

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 13th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Munchin's Catholic Church, then get engrossed in the history at Limerick Museum, and finally take a stroll through Cruises Street, Limerick.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Limerick day trip planning website .

Drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Saint Munchin's Catholic Church ©
Saint Munchin's Catholic Church
Limerick Museum ©
Limerick Museum

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 14th (Sat), get great views at Brian de Staic Jeweller, take in the waterfront activity at Dingle Marina, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tig Aine. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, shop like a local with The Carol Cronin Gallery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, then pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fiadh Woven Design.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dingle trip maker website .

Getting from Limerick to Dingle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Tig Aine
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
St.James Church ©
St.James Church
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kerry Cliffs and Ross Castle. Get in touch with nature at Killarney National Park and Old Kenmare Road. There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Killarney Brewing Company, and admire the verdant scenery at The Black Valley.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney trip planner .

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Old Kenmare Road, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Old Kenmare Road ©
Old Kenmare Road

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, head outdoors with Play Gaelic Games, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Crawford Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cork day trip app .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Kinsale
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

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