15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Galway
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Indianapolis

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Grafton Street or Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bru na Boinne and Glendalough Monastic Settlement. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to The Spire, and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Indianapolis, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Dublin. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Cathedral
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally don't miss a visit to Rock of Cashel. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, contemplate the long history of Reginald's Tower, delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, then view the masterpieces at The Blackbird Gallery, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny tour itinerary app .

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; 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 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Cork City Gaol, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, then stop by Blarney Woollen Mills, then step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and finally hunt for treasures at The English Market.

You can plan Cork trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, then take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. On the next day, look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop, make a trip to Ladies' View, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kenmare
Highlights from your plan
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Lynch's Castle and Galway Crafts and Collectables. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galway Cathedral and King John's Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Sky Rd (in Clifden), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

King John's Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Sky Rd, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

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