16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
County Donegal
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h
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.
Get some historical perspective at Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College Dublin. Get a sense of the local culture at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, take an in-depth tour of The Little Museum of Dublin, don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Abbey, and explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dublin road trip planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Corcomroe Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Reginald's Tower. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ballyhack Castle and St Marys Cathedral. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Dunbrody Abbey (in Campile), Hore Abbey (in Cashel) and Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum & Christ Church Cathedral). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, get a sense of history and politics at Kilkenny Old Jail and Courthouse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Collegiate Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary builder site.

Take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterford, Dunbrody Abbey, St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Hore Abbey, Ballyhack Castle
Highlights from your plan
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Ballyhack Castle ©
Ballyhack Castle

2
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Redemptorist Church, then appreciate the history behind Ahenny High Crosses, and finally get answers to all your questions at Lough Gur Heritage Centre. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Saviour's Dominican Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Rosary, then take an in-depth tour of Craggaunowen, and finally steep yourself in history at Quin Abbey.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Limerick trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Limerick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ahenny High Crosses, Craggaunowen, Quin Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Ahenny High Crosses ©
Ahenny High Crosses
Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey
Craggaunowen ©
Craggaunowen

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.
Galway City Museum and The Claddagh Ring Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Augustine's Church and St. Brendan's Clonfert Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Salthill Beaches, relax and rejuvenate at Spirit One Spa, get in on the family fun at Galway City Karting, and browse the exhibits of Lynch's Castle.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galway tour builder website.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to County Donegal.

Things to do in Galway

Spas Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Brendan's Clonfert Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Spirit One Spa ©
Spirit One Spa
St. Augustine's Church ©
St. Augustine's Church
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum

3
nights
County Donegal

County Donegal ©
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions.
Popular historic sites such as Saint Eunan's Cathedral and Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grianan Of Aileach and Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey). Get out of town with these interesting County Donegal side-trips: Sligo (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo Abbey, &more). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Solis, get all the information you need at Old Church Visitor Centre, and make a trip to Assaroe Abbey.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our County Donegal trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to County Donegal takes 3 hours. Traveling from Galway in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in County Donegal, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in County Donegal

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trip

Sligo
Highlights from your plan
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Saint Eunan's Cathedral ©
Saint Eunan's Cathedral
Grianan Of Aileach ©
Grianan Of Aileach

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