17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Bus:  15​h 45​min
1
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Limerick
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Dublin
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  11​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Inch Beach and Ross Castle. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Banna Strand and Coumeenoole Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dingle: Ardfert Friary (in Ardfert) and Killarney (Muckross Abbey & Ladies' View). Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory and pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dingle trip planner

Ottawa, Canada to Dingle is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Dingle, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ottawa in May: highs in Dingle hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Killarney, Ardfert Friary, Slea Head Drive, Inch Beach, Banna Strand
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Banna Strand
Banna Strand
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Dromoland Castle and then see the interesting displays at Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Limerick online visit planner

You can drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
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 8th (Tue): stroll through Inchydoney Beach, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Blarney Castle & Gardens, browse the exhibits of Cork City Gaol, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Jameson Experience.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cork trip builder

Traveling by car from Limerick to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cork are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Inchydoney Beach, Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Black Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Reginald's Tower, browse the exhibits of Bishop's Palace, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip itinerary builder app

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Waterford
Highlights from your plan
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bru na Boinne and Kilmainham Gaol. Get some historical perspective at Trim Castle and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Glendalough Monastic Settlement (in Vale of Glendalough). There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, view the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary planning site

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, plan for little chillier nights in Dublin, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Cathedral, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Trim Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

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