17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
1
Dublin
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cork
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
3
Midleton
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Kilkee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Clifden
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Sligo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Carrick
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
End: Dublin

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hours
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.
To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder tool .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiport is Dublin Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You will leave for Cork on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors

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night
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 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cork trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Dublin to Cork takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Cork sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Midleton.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Camden Fort Meagher ©
Camden Fort Meagher

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Midleton

Midleton ©
Midleton, is a town in south-eastern County Cork, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Birds of Prey Educational Centre, then make a trip to Choctaw Native American Monument, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Midleton trip planner.

Midleton is just a short distance from Cork. In May in Midleton, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Midleton

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Birds of Prey Educational Centre ©
Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Jameson Distillery Midleton ©
Jameson Distillery Midleton
Choctaw Native American Monument ©
Choctaw Native American Monument

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nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 8th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs. On the next day, visit Killarney Falconry and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Killarney travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Midleton to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Killarney Falconry ©
Killarney Falconry
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive and then take a leisurely stroll along Dun Chaoin Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a peaceful walk through Glenteenassig Forest Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Dingle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kilkee.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dun Chaoin Pier, Glenteenassig Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dun Chaoin Pier ©
Dun Chaoin Pier

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nights
Kilkee

Kilkee ©
Kilkee is a small coastal town in County Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, then head off the coast to Scattery Island, and then take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Beauty Of The Burren Walks, then explore the activities along Doughmore Bay, and then don't miss a visit to The Pollock Holes.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kilkee online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kilkee takes 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Doughmore Bay, Scattery Island, Cliffs of Moher, Beauty Of The Burren Walks
Highlights from your plan
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island

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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 15th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, then get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and finally stroll around Eyre Square.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galway travel route website .

You can drive from Kilkee to Galway in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Climbing Tours

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night
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 17th (Sun), stroll through Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, then make a trip to Sky Rd, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mannin Bay Blueway.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Clifden driving holiday planner .

Getting from Galway to Clifden by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

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nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Knocknarea and Dooney Rock Forest Park. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Hazelwood, step off the mainland to explore Coney Island, browse the fresh offerings at Strandhill People's Market, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sligo trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Clifden to Sligo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Carrick.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rosses Point Loop Walk
Highlights from your plan
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Coney Island ©
Coney Island

2
nights
Carrick

Carrick ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Slieve League and Glencolmcille - Tower loop.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carrick trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Carrick takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glencolmcille, Away to Me Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations, Fintra Beach
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Fintra Beach ©
Fintra Beach

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