18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Regina
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Galway
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Regina

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. Get some historical perspective at Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Bru na Boinne. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Trim to see Trim Castle about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Dublin vacation planner .

Regina, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Regina to Dublin, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Regina in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hook Lighthouse and Irish National Heritage Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: King of the Vikings VR (in Waterford), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Rock of Cashel (in Cashel). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and examine the collection at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Dublin in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Kilkenny. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Cahir Castle, Hook Lighthouse, Rock of Cashel, King of the Vikings VR
Highlights from your plan
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

2
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.
On the 12th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cork trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Cork are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, then admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, and then admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Killarney day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, then get engrossed in the history at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Blasket Island. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, then examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, and then take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dingle day trip planning app .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Galway Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Salthill Promenade. Venture out of the city with trips to Clonmacnoise (in County Offaly), King John's Castle (in Limerick) and Quin Abbey (in Quin). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and take in the exciting artwork at Lynch's Castle.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Galway route builder site .

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dingle in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Clonmacnoise, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Michael Davitt Museum, King John's Castle
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Clonmacnoise ©
Clonmacnoise

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