15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28 h
1
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gap of Dunloe and Ross Castle. Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Inch Beach (in Inch), St. Patrick's Church (in Kenmare) and Dingle (Clogher Strand & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, and admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Killarney visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Killarney is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Killarney. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Killarney are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Dingle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh.

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

Getting from Killarney to Cork by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Cork sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, take in the exciting artwork at The Blackbird Gallery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Kilkenny Castle, then explore the fascinating landscape at The Ice Cream Parlour, then delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, and finally don't miss a visit to Rock of Cashel.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cashel, Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Wicklow Mountains National Park will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Trim Castle (in Trim), Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, make a trip to The Spire, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dublin road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Dublin sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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