12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  15 h
End: New York City

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 3rd (Sun), make a trip to Dublin Spire, take a stroll through Grafton Street, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, and finally explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner .

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 50°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street

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.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at The Kilkenny Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Castlecomer Discovery Park, take in the exciting artwork at The Blackbird Gallery, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny tour itinerary website .

You can take a train from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. November in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Waterford
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then hunt for treasures at The English Market, and then meet the residents at Fota Wildlife Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cork vacation planning site .

Drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Titanic Experience Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, then contemplate the long history of Muckross House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney online route builder .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Inch Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dingle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Dingle sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

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