18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cobh
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 1 night
Drive
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Doolin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Westport
— 1 night
Drive
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Galway
— 1 night
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Dublin

— 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Family-friendly places like Guinness Storehouse and St Stephens Green will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Dublin Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dublin road trip planning website.

Portland, USA to Dublin is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Dublin is 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Portland in August: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Kilkenny

— 3 nights

Marble City

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.
Attractions like Curracloe Beach and Go With The Flow - River Adventures make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Waterford (Waterford Greenway & Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum) and Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center (in New Ross). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny online trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cobh.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cobh

— 2 nights
Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
On the 2nd (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Fota House & Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Monument, examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally step into the grandiose world of Barryscourt Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cobh trip website.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cobh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Cobh

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cork

— 2 nights

Rebel City

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, then look for gifts at Iago, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market.

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Cork travel planner.

Getting from Cobh to Cork by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Dingle

— 1 night
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip planner.

Getting from Cork to Dingle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Doolin

— 2 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get great views at Cliffs of Moher, tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt, then Head underground at Doolin Cave, and finally hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Doolin trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Doolin takes 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Westport

— 1 night
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 9th (Fri), grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, admire the striking features of Newport Railway Viaduct, then explore and take pictures at Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and finally stop by Parade.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Westport tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Westport takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

Galway

— 1 night

City of the Tribes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galway online tour planner.

You can drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Galway are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Nature · Parks

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

County Cork travel guide

4.3
Castles · Specialty Museums · Islands
Rebel County
County Cork has made a name for itself as the home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary limestone rock rumored to give those who kiss it "the gift of the gab." People come from around the world to bend over backwards and put their lips to the rock in the hopes of becoming more eloquent. In Cork, the county's eponymous city, it is said that the accents rise and fall with the city's rolling terrain. The southern county attracts those looking for the iconic green hills, craggy coastline, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Known affectionately as The Rebel County for its role in the Irish War of Independence, this region is proudly Irish, as evidenced in the region's many cultural festivals and events.