13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Durban
taxi + Fly:  16​h
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Killarney
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  18​h 30​min
End: Durban

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 29th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Malahide Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dublin route planning tool .

Durban, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Durban to Dublin is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durban in October, expect nights in Dublin to be slightly colder, around 8°C, while days are cooler, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Malahide Castle, Trim Castle, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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 1st (Fri): play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and finally stop by Carroll's Irish Gifts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and finally sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork online vacation planner .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cobh, Kinsale, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island and then take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dingle day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cork to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Take a break from the city and head to Gap of Dunloe and Inchydoney Beach. Foynes Flying Boat Museum and West Cork Regional Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare) and Limerick (King John's Castle & Saint Mary's Cathedral). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, head outdoors with Ring of Kerry, and identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip planner .

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Limerick, Clonakilty, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Ring of Kerry, Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Highlights from your plan
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum

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