17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Killarney
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + foot:  12​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Bru na Boinne. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple Bar and Kilmainham Gaol. Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to The Spire, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind James Joyce Statue.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin online journey maker .

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Dublin due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Dublin, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then take in the exciting artwork at The Blackbird Gallery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online trip maker .

Take a train from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Waterford, Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burren Birds of Prey Centre and Galway Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Wild Atlantic Way and South Park. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Burren National Park (in Corofin) and Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher and get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Galway journey website .

Getting from Kilkenny to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Burren National Park, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Newport Railway Viaduct, then head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, then cruise along Killadoon Standing Stone, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Westport trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport Railway Viaduct, Ballintubber Abbey, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Killadoon Standing Stone
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Inch Beach, delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle online route planner .

Traveling by car from Westport to Dingle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step out of the city life by going to Torc Waterfall and Falconry Kerry. Explore hidden gems such as Gap of Dunloe and Ladies' View. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. It doesn't end there: cruise along Ring of Kerry and step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Killarney online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Killarney are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ring of Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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