17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, stroll around St Stephens Green, make a trip to Temple Bar, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary website .

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Dublin, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). There's still lots to do: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, walk around Eyre Square, and make a trip to Quay Street.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Galway online road trip planner .

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Dingle Peninsula, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Dingle Oceanworld. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island and then get outside with Slea Head Drive.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 25th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Muckross House, then appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney sightseeing planner .

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Patrick's Church
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

3
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 27th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, take in the exciting artwork at The Blackbird Gallery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, then contemplate the long history of Rothe House and Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Hook Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and then get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny holiday planning site .

You can drive from Killarney to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hook Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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