12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​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 30​min
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Liscannor
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + ferry:  11​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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 6th (Tue), don't miss a visit to The Spire, then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and finally wander the streets of Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and finally pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin route planner .

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Dublin. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny driving holiday website .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Waterford, Rock of Cashel
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny 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 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, then examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cork trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Charles Fort
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Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get some historical perspective at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Muckross Abbey. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kerry Cliffs and Ross Castle. Change things up with a short trip to St. Patrick's Church in Kenmare (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney road trip planning site .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry
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Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

2
nights
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 15th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, head off the coast to Scattery Island, and then trot along with Castlefergus Equestrian. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, delve into the distant past at Carran Medieval Church, and then Head underground at Doolin Cave.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Liscannor day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Liscannor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Doolin Cave, Burren National Park, Castlefergus Equestrian, Carran Medieval Church, Scattery Island
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

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