12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 2 nights
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Glendalough Village
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
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Cashel
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Kinsale
— 1 night
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Killarney
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Dingle
— 2 nights
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Lahinch
— 1 night
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Doolin
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Inishmore
— 1 night
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Carran
— 1 night
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Trim
— 1 night
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Dublin
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Dublin

— 2 nights

Fair City

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 O'Connell Street, GPO Museum, The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Temple Bar and then get a taste of local nightlife at Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, see the interesting displays at GPO Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, then examine the collection at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and finally take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin journey builder website.

Minneapolis, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Dublin is 6 hours. In September, Dublin is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Glendalough Village.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Glendalough Village

You've now added Glendalough Cathedral to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Glendalough Village trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Dublin to Glendalough Village in 1.5 hours. In September in Glendalough Village, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Glendalough Village

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kilkenny

— 1 night

Marble City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kyteler's Inn. On the 22nd (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle and then join in the after-dark buzz at Kyteler's Inn.

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Traveling by car from Glendalough Village to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cashel.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks

Side Trip

Cashel

A tiny settlement rich in history, Cashel maintains the old-fashioned charm of a small market town.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Rock of Cashel.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cashel tour planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cashel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Cashel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Kinsale

— 1 night
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kinsale trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Cashel to Kinsale takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and Killarney National Park. On the 24th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Killarney trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Dingle Pub, Irish Famine Cottages, Dingle Electric Bike Experience, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): join in the after-dark buzz at The Dingle Pub. On the next day, examine the collection at The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island, sample the fine beverages at Dingle Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally don't miss a visit to Eask Tower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle holiday maker site.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Lahinch.

Things to do in Dingle

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trip

Lahinch

— 1 night
Home to a renowned gulf club, Lahinch has become better known as a surfing spot in recent years.
To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Lahinch online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dingle to Lahinch in 3 hours. September in Lahinch sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Doolin.

Things to do in Lahinch

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Doolin

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
The Burren Smokehouse, has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stop by The Burren Smokehouse, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Doolin travel route planning website.

Doolin is very close to Lahinch. September in Doolin sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the ferry ride to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Inishmore

— 1 night
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inishmore holiday planner.

Getting from Doolin to Inishmore by ferry takes about 2 hours. September in Inishmore sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Carran.

Things to do in Inishmore

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Carran

— 1 night
Carran, sometimes also spelled "Carron", is a small village in County Clare, Ireland, in the region known as the Burren, within a civil parish of the same name. To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carran day trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Inishmore to Carran with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Carran are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Trim.

Things to do in Carran

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Trim

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Trim trip planner.

Getting from Carran to Trim by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Trim can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dublin.

Things to do in Trim

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Dublin

Fair City

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin day trip app.

Drive from Trim to Dublin in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Aran Islands travel guide

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Ruins · Hiking Trails · Outdoor Activities
A collection of three islands off the west coast near Galway Bay, Aran Islands provide an isolated bit of the country where traditional culture reigns. The islands' inhabitants mostly speak Irish as a first language, and all place names are primarily in Irish, with English translations. Visitors revel in the small-town feel, authentic pubs, and native Irish language. Because the islands contain lots of unpaved roads and farmland bordered by walls made of limestone rocks, they're best explored by bike or on foot.