18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  4​h 30​min
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 15​min
4
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cork
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  6​h
End: Brussels

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.
Bru na Boinne and Saint Patrick's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kilmainham Gaol and Guinness Storehouse for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Temple Bar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planning site .

Brussels, Belgium to Dublin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. September in Dublin sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hore Abbey and Jerpoint Abbey. Visit Cahir Castle and Hook Lighthouse for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny road trip website .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cashel, Ferns Castle, Cahir Castle, Curracloe Beach, Hook Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Galway Cathedral and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild Atlantic Way and Doolin Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Dog's Bay Beach (in Roundstone), Fanore Beach (in Fanore) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Galway sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Doolin Cave, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Cliffs of Moher, Fanore Beach, Dog's Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 14th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Limerick visit site .

You can drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Limerick, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Castlefergus Equestrian, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 15th (Tue), kick back and relax at Inch Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island and then take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and St. Patrick's Church. Get in touch with nature at Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall. Take a break from Killarney with a short trip to Templenoe Burial in Kenmare, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and cruise along Ring of Kerry.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Ring of Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

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 20th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Spike Island and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Fin Barre's Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork travel app .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cork are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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