12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Kiev
Fly:  4​h
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Dublin
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h
End: Kiev

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, get lost in a book at Marsh's Library, admire the striking features of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, then admire the masterpieces at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and finally appreciate the history behind The O'Connell Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): head outdoors with Celtic Rider and then take in the awesome beauty at Dublin Mountains.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Dublin itinerary builder tool .

Kiev, Ukraine to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kiev to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kiev in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Dublin, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Celtic Rider
Highlights from your plan
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Marsh's Library ©
Marsh's Library
The O'Connell Monument ©
The O'Connell Monument

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 off the beaten path and head to Wild Atlantic Way and Galway Cathedral. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore), King John's Castle (in Limerick) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, stroll around Eyre Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, King John's Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway's Latin Quarter ©
Galway's Latin Quarter

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 16th (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, then take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then get great views at Moll's Gap, and finally don't miss a visit to Ladies' View. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Ring of Kerry, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney road trip app .

Getting from Galway to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ring of Kerry
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Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and then step off the mainland to explore Spike Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cork trip planner .

Drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Cork, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

1
day
Dublin

Dublin ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the activities along River Liffey, get your bearings at Irish Family History Centre, then snap pictures at Samuel Beckett Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The Liberties.

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

Take a train from Cork to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
River Liffey ©
River Liffey
Samuel Beckett Bridge ©
Samuel Beckett Bridge
The Liberties ©
The Liberties

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