17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cork
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Bunratty
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
6
Ennis
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Houston

2
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 historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, wander the streets of Temple Bar, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, and walk around Phoenix Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin route planner.

Houston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Houston to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in July, things will get much colder in Dublin: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, make a trip to Quay Street, and then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, then stroll through The Wormhole, and finally don't miss a visit to Galway's Latin Quarter.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Dublin in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galway: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails

Side Trip

The Wormhole
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip planning tool .

You can drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Galway in July since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 57°F. You'll set off for Cork on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Kilkenny

Nightlife Outdoors Parks

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Killarney (Killarney National Park, Gap of Dunloe, & more) and Charles Fort (in Kinsale). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, deepen your understanding at University College Cork (UCC), and see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cork tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Cork sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bunratty.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Killarney, Cobh, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

2
nights
Bunratty

Bunratty ©
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Shannon Heritage, explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, then see the interesting displays at Foynes Flying Boat Museum, and finally get outside with River Bank Walk.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Bunratty trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Bunratty takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Ennis.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

River Bank Walk, Craggaunowen, Knappogue Castle, King John's Castle, Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Craggaunowen ©
Craggaunowen
Knappogue Castle ©
Knappogue Castle

3
nights
Ennis

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. On the 23rd (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian, then stop by The Woollen Market, and finally admire the striking features of Ennis Friary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Quin Abbey, see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ennis trip maker .

Ennis is just a short distance from Bunratty. In July, daily temperatures in Ennis can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Burren, Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Scattery Island, Cliffs of Moher
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren

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