18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + Bus:  15 h 30 min
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Edmonton

2
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.
Hook Lighthouse and Reginald's Tower will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hore Abbey and Smithwick's Experience. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (in Waterford). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, and step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip itinerary maker website .

Edmonton, Canada to Kilkenny is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Edmonton to Kilkenny. When traveling from Edmonton in May, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Kilkenny: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Curracloe Beach, Hook Lighthouse, Hore Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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 19th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Cork journey maker tool .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Cork are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort, Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church
Highlights from your plan
Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gap of Dunloe and Kerry Cliffs. Get in touch with nature at Killarney National Park and Ring of Kerry. Change things up with a short trip to Skelligs Chocolate Co. in Ballinskelligs (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, and step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Killarney travel planner .

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Skelligs Chocolate Co., Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): kick back and relax at Inch Beach and then take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Dingle online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Slea Head Drive
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
The Great Blasket Centre and Island

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Escape the urban bustle at Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and Dugort Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and The Lost Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Westport: Sky Rd (in Clifden) and Cottage Handcrafts (in Moyard). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, take in the exciting artwork at The Quay Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum.

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Getting from Dingle to Westport by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Michael Davitt Museum, Cottage Handcrafts, Dugort Beach, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Highlights from your plan
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chester Beatty and Trim Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Step out of Dublin to go to Donore and see Bru na Boinne, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at National Photographic Archive, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and view the masterpieces at James Joyce Cultural Centre.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin route planning site .

Traveling by car from Westport to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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