18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  16​h
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Killarney
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Durban

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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, walk around St Stephens Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin route website .

Durban, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Durban, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center (in New Ross), Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Enniscorthy, Ballyhack Castle, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, Tintern Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
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 Galway's surroundings by going to Burren National Park (in Corofin), Daniel O'Connell Monument (in Ennis) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, steep yourself in history at Jacks Old Cottage, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway online journey planner .

Getting from Kilkenny to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Galway, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Burren National Park, Daniel O'Connell Monument, Ashford Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Westport House
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

2
nights
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, and then contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, and then take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor itinerary app .

Drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Liscannor, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Kilkee Cliff Walk
Highlights from your plan
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dingle is known for historic sites, wildlife, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Slea Head Drive, pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clogher Strand.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle holiday planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

County Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 21st (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Killarney tour builder site .

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Patrick's Church
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

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