15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Liscannor
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: New York City

1
night
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 6th (Wed): examine the collection at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library, then sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Bru na Boinne.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary builder tool .

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 59°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, admire the landmark architecture of Bishop's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Rock of Cashel, and finally delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip builder site .

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 49°F in Kilkenny. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cashel, Waterford
Highlights from your plan
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

3
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ross Castle and Ladies' View. Muckross Abbey and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Killarney road trip planning website .

Drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

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 13th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Inch Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dingle are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 15th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then don't miss a visit to Sky Rd, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mannin Bay Blueway. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Renvyle Beach, view the masterpieces at Lavelle Art Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Clifden trip builder app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Dingle to Clifden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Dog's Bay Beach, Renvyle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and then take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Fanore Beach, then make a trip to Quay Street, then explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galway Crafts and Collectables.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galway travel route planner .

You can drive from Clifden to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trip

Fanore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach

1
night
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 19th (Tue), kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliffs of Moher, and then trek along Hag's Head.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Liscannor trip planner .

You can drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Liscannor, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lahinch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head

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