12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Wicklow
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Carlow
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
4
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cork
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Glengarriff
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Kilbaha
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Doolin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Athlone
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then take a stroll through Grafton Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at 14 Henrietta Street, then step into the grandiose world of Malahide Castle, and then explore the galleries of James Joyce Cultural Centre.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dublin online trip planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Dublin is 5 hours. In August, Dublin is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Wicklow.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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hours
Wicklow

Wicklow ©
Wicklow is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East Region in Ireland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): play a few rounds at The European Club, explore the ancient world of Black Castle, and then kick back and relax at Greystones Blue Flag Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wicklow online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Dublin to Wicklow by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carlow.

Things to do in Wicklow

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trip

Greystones Blue Flag Beach
Highlights from your plan
The European Club ©
The European Club
Black Castle ©
Black Castle

few
hours
Carlow

Carlow ©
Carlow is the county town of County Carlow, Ireland, in the south-east of Ireland, 84 km from Dublin. On the 30th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carlow attractions tool .

You can drive from Wicklow to Carlow in 1.5 hours. August in Carlow sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Carlow

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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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.
You've now added Smithwick's Experience to your itinerary. On the 31st (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then walk around Kilkenny Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carlow to Kilkenny takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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hours
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 1st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then look for gifts at Blarney Chocolate Factory, and then get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cork tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 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 up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Glengarriff.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Blarney Chocolate Factory ©
Blarney Chocolate Factory

1
night
Glengarriff

Glengarriff ©
Glengarriff is a village of approximately 800 people on the N71 national secondary road in the Beara Peninsula of County Cork, Ireland. Beara Way has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): trek along Beara Way and then make a trip to Uragh Stone Circle.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Glengarriff online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Cork to Glengarriff in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Glengarriff

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Uragh Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
Beara Way ©
Beara Way
Uragh Stone Circle ©
Uragh Stone Circle

1
day
Kilbaha

Kilbaha ©
You've now added Loop Head to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Loop Head Lighthouse and then take a memorable drive along Loop Head.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilbaha online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glengarriff to Kilbaha in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kilbaha can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Kilbaha

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Loop Head
Highlights from your plan
Loop Head ©
Loop Head
Loop Head Lighthouse ©
Loop Head Lighthouse

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nights
Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Irish Crafts - Doolin has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Burren Exposure, contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, Head underground at Doolin Cave, then take in nature's colorful creations at Doolin Garden and Nursery, and finally stop by Irish Crafts - Doolin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., go for a walk through Beauty Of The Burren Walks, take in the waterfront at Doolin Pier, then tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt, and finally stop by The Doolin Chocolate Shop.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Doolin day trip website .

You can drive from Kilbaha to Doolin in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Doolin are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Burren Exposure, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Poulnabrone Dolmen
Highlights from your plan
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
Poulnabrone Dolmen ©
Poulnabrone Dolmen
Burren Exposure ©
Burren Exposure

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Tyrone House.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Doolin to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Athlone.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tyrone House, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Highlights from your plan
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Tyrone House ©
Tyrone House
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

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nights
Athlone

Athlone ©
The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tee off at Glasson Golf & Country Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the galleries of Church of Saints Peter & Paul, and finally step into the grandiose world of Athlone Castle Visitor Centre.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Athlone trip maker app .

You can drive from Galway to Athlone in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Athlone are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athlone

Museums Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

The Claypipe Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre ©
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum ©
Spas