17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Inishmore
— 1 day
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Bunratty
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Blarney
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
day
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair and then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore travel route planner

Toronto, Canada to Inishmore is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Inishmore is 5 hours. Traveling from Toronto in May, things will get a bit cooler in Inishmore: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bunratty.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa

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 27th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, head outdoors with Dromoland Castle, and then delve into the distant past at Mooghaun Hill Fort.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bunratty sightseeing app

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Bunratty takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Bunratty are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) 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

5
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Gallarus Oratory and Rahinnane Castle for their historical value. When in Dingle, make a side trip to see Killarney National Park in Killarney, approximately 1h 35 min away. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, get great views at Brian de Staic Jeweller, take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, and head off the coast to Great Blasket Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle day trip planning app

Getting from Bunratty to Dingle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Blarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Rahinnane Castle, Killarney National Park
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

few
hours
Blarney

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
On the 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cork City Gaol and then get to know the fascinating history of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Blarney online trip planner

Traveling by car from Dingle to Blarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Blarney sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cork City Gaol
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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.
Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Abbey will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Tintern Abbey (in Wexford), Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Butter Slip, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, and admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny day trip site

Traveling by car from Blarney to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Hook Lighthouse, Ferns Castle, Tintern Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

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 some historical perspective at Kilmainham Gaol and James Joyce Cultural Centre. There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, take a stroll through Temple Bar, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip maker app

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dublin, with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

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