16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + Bus:  25 h
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Perth

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jerpoint Park and King of the Vikings VR. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mayfield Birds of Prey and Roscrea Castle. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center (in New Ross), Christ Church Cathedral (in Waterford) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard, see the interesting displays at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Collegiate Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip itinerary site .

Perth, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Perth to Kilkenny. Traveling from Perth in May, you will find days in Kilkenny are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Waterford, St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, St. Mary's Collegiate Church
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard ©

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 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, don't miss a visit to Elizabeth Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then examine the collection at Butter Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Blarney Chocolate Factory, take in nature's colorful creations at Glenview Gardens & Hobbit House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Timoleague Franciscan Friary, then get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cork travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Cork, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kinsale, Timoleague Franciscan Friary
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place

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 9th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, appreciate the views at The Black Valley, then view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland. Keep things going the next day: trek along Old Kenmare Road, then delve into the distant past at Uragh Stone Circle, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Killarney Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Trails

Side Trips

Uragh Stone Circle, Kerry Cliffs, Old Kenmare Road
Highlights from your plan
Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Uragh Stone Circle ©
Uragh Stone Circle

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 11th (Tue): kick back and relax at Ventry Beach, identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, get outside with Kingdom Falconry, then browse the exhibits of Dingle Artworks, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Brandon, then take a peaceful walk through Glenteenassig Forest Park, and finally step into the grandiose world of Minard Castle.

Before you visit Dingle, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ventry, Kingdom Falconry, Glenteenassig Forest Park, Mount Brandon
Highlights from your plan
Glenteenassig Forest Park ©
Glenteenassig Forest Park
Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church

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 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ross Errily Friary, then contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, then look for all kinds of wild species at Curraghduff Farm, and finally browse the exhibits of Spiddal Craft & Design Studios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, then admire the masterpieces at Connemara Marble Visitor's Center, and finally stroll through The Wormhole.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner.

Drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Galway are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Monk's Fishing House, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Ross Errily Friary, The Wormhole, Connemara Marble Visitor's Center
Highlights from your plan
Curraghduff Farm ©
Curraghduff Farm
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Ross Errily Friary ©
Ross Errily Friary

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.
Visit Poolbeg Lighthouse and Great South Wall for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Bray Head and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Killiney to see Killiney Hill about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, get all the information you need at Irish Family History Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Columba's Church, and get advice or help at National Library of Ireland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip maker tool .

Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dublin are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Killiney Hill, St Columba's Church, Bray Head
Highlights from your plan
Killiney Hill ©
Killiney Hill
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin ©
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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