17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bunratty
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Blarney
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol and Bru na Boinne. There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dublin itinerary maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Dublin, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in April, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to St Aidan's Cathedral (in Enniscorthy), Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Tintern Abbey (in Wexford). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and play a few rounds at Kilkenny Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny itinerary maker.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in April, Kilkenny is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bunratty.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Rock of Cashel, Hook Lighthouse, St. Aidan's Cathedral, Tintern Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, get outside with Dromoland Castle, and then explore the ancient world of Mooghaun Hill Fort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Bunratty trip planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Bunratty in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Bunratty, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Mooghaun Hill Fort
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle
Mooghaun Hill Fort ©
Mooghaun Hill Fort

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Popular historic sites such as Rahinnane Castle and Dun An Oir are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Dingle: Killarney (Killarney National Park & Ross Castle). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Riasc, step into the grandiose world of Minard Castle, delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Bunratty to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Blarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Killarney, Slea Head Drive, Rahinnane Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Riasc ©
Riasc

1
night
Blarney

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
You've now added Blarney Stone to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then browse the exhibits of Cork City Gaol, and then contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Blarney Stone.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Blarney sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Blarney in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Blarney, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cork, Cobh Cathedral, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

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