14 days in Ireland Itinerary

14 days in Ireland Itinerary

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14 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  13 h
1
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
3
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Cong
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Kylemore
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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 7th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Barnane Walk, stroll around St. Mary's Dominican Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Francis Church. On your second day here, examine the collection at Collins Barracks Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, then stroll the grounds of St. Oliver's Cemetery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Ireland Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cork holiday maker website .

Chicago, USA to Cork is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in September, with highs in Cork at 61°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Barnane Walk
Highlights from your plan
Saint Francis Church ©
Saint Francis Church
Collins Barracks Museum ©
Collins Barracks Museum

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.
On the 9th (Wed), get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at National Craft Gallery, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, get to know the fascinating history of Butter Slip, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kilfane Church.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cork to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Waterford
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
King of the Vikings ©
King of the Vikings
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street, then get lost in a book at Marsh's Library, and finally stop by Carrolls Irish Gifts. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at National Library of Ireland, take in the views from Samuel Beckett Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Irish Family History Centre, then pause for some photo ops at Triumphal Arch, then explore the historical opulence of Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dublin Mountains.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Dublin, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin ©
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre ©
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Menlo Castle / Blake's Castle, then stroll through Salthill Beaches, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Oranmore Castle, then experience rural life at Rathbaun Farm, then walk around Coole Park Nature Reserve, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kilmacduagh Tower.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the Galway trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Dublin to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cong.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gort
Highlights from your plan
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Coole Park Nature Reserve ©
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Kilmacduagh Tower ©
Kilmacduagh Tower

2
nights
Cong

Cong ©
Ashford Castle has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Belleek Castle Museum and Monk's Fishing House are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Michael Davitt Museum and Sli Grainne Mhaol.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cong trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kylemore to Cong in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sli Grainne Mhaol
Highlights from your plan
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Monk's Fishing House ©
Monk's Fishing House
Abbaye de Cong ©
Abbaye de Cong

2
nights
Kylemore

Kylemore ©
Established on the same grounds as Kylemore Castle, Kylemore Abbey monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine nuns who escaped from Belgium during World War I.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Bens of Connemara, delve into the distant past at Renvyle Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, take a memorable drive along Killadoon Standing Stone, and then appreciate the views at Doolough Valley.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kylemore trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cong to Kylemore takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Kylemore

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

County Galway, Doolough Valley, Killadoon Standing Stone
Highlights from your plan
Gothic Chapel ©
Gothic Chapel
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Twelve Bens of Connemara ©
Twelve Bens of Connemara

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