13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + Drive:  19 h 30 min
1
Shannon
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Carrick
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Dublin
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
4
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Killarney
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h
End: New Orleans

1
night
Shannon

Shannon ©
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes King John's Castle as well as Dungaire Castle. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, and then tee off at Dromoland Castle. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Dungaire Castle, then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, then snap pictures at Quiet Man Bridge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shannon journey planner .

New Orleans, USA to Shannon is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. When traveling from New Orleans in August, plan for slightly colder days in Shannon, with highs around 65°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Carrick.

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballintubber Abbey, King John's Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Dungaire Castle, Quiet Man Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

3
nights
Carrick

Carrick ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glencar Waterfall as well as St Eunan's Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Glen Gallery Art by Conal and Donegal Designer Makers. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Silver Strand Beach and Maghera Beach and Caves.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carrick itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Shannon to Carrick takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Carrick are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Ardara, Glencolmcille, Glencar Waterfall, St Eunan's Cathedral, Silver Strand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Glencar Waterfall ©
Glencar Waterfall
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach

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 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty Library, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner .

You can drive from Carrick to Dublin in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Dublin are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marys Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

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

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, get to know the fascinating history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then stroll the grounds of St. Oliver's Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Crawford Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cork online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Crawford Art Gallery ©
Crawford Art Gallery

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, stroll through Old Kenmare Road, then identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Killarney trip planner .

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Killarney sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Old Kenmare Road, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

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