12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Castlebar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ennis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Killorglin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cork
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Dublin
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  10​h 45​min
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saint Patrick's Cathedral as well as Trinity College Dublin. On the 7th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse and then contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, then don't miss a visit to Grafton Street, and finally make a trip to Temple Bar.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Castlebar.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Malahide Castle
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Castlebar

Castlebar ©
Castlebar is the county town of County Mayo, Ireland. You've now added Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, then appreciate the history behind Bog Oak Sculpture, then contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Castlebar trip website .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Castlebar takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Ennis.

Things to do in Castlebar

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cong, Ballintubber Abbey, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

2
nights
Ennis

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Daniel O'Connell Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quin Abbey, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Clare Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, trek along Hag's Head, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses, then ride a horse along Banner Equestrian Centre, then steep yourself in history at Ennis Friary, and finally stop by The Woollen Market.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ennis online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Castlebar to Ennis in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Killorglin.

Things to do in Ennis

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Liscannor, Gort, Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses, Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Tyrone House
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum ©
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum
Tyrone House ©
Tyrone House

2
nights
Killorglin

Killorglin ©
Killorglin is a town in County Kerry, South West of Rep. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Glanteenassig Wood, step into the grandiose world of Minard Castle, then see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then view the masterpieces at Dingle Artworks, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Killorglin trip maker .

You can drive from Ennis to Killorglin in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killorglin

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Dingle, Cahersiveen, Glanteenassig Wood, Dooks Golf Club, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Dooks Golf Club ©
Dooks Golf Club
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church ©
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church
Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, contemplate the long history of James Fort, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and finally hunt for treasures at The English Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, make a trip to Paul Street, and then contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cork tour builder app .

Drive from Killorglin to Cork in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cork are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kinsale
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
The English Market ©
The English Market

1
night
Dublin

Dublin
To find out how to plan a trip to Dublin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Cork to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors

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