18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
1
Cork
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Liscannor
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: London

4
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.
Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cork City Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mitchelstown Cave and Collins Barracks Museum. Explore Cork's surroundings by going to Doneraile Wildlife Park (in Doneraile) and Charles Fort (in Kinsale). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, see the interesting displays at Butter Museum, get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cork vacation planner .

London, UK to Cork is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Cork reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Titanic Experience Cobh, Mitchelstown Cave, Doneraile Wildlife Park, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

4
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens and Staigue Fort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Torc Waterfall and Rossbeigh Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cearbhall O’Dalaigh Memorial (in Sneem), Dingle (Dingle Artworks, Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, & more) and Derrynane House (in Caherdaniel). There's lots more to do: hike along Torc Mountain Walk, play a few rounds at Dooks Golf Club, pause for some photo ops at King Puck, and stroll through Old Kenmare Road.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney journey maker website .

Getting from Cork to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dingle, Kenmare, Glenbeigh, Kerry Cliffs, King Puck
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

3
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. Bring the kids along to Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Poulnabrone Dolmen and Burren Exposure. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Liscannor: Scattery Island (in Kilrush), Ladies Beach (in Ballybunion) and Ballyvaughan (Burren Birds of Prey Centre & Aillwee Cave). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, view the masterpieces at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., stroll through Hag's Head, and explore the striking landscape at Bridges of Ross.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Liscannor trip planner .

Getting from Killarney to Liscannor by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. August in Liscannor sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Lahinch Beach, Bridges of Ross, Doolin Cave, Poulnabrone Dolmen
Highlights from your plan
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Rathbaun Farm, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, and finally stroll around Eyre Square. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, contemplate the long history of Royal Abbey of Cong, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, and finally see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway road trip tool .

Drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Galway, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cong, Michael Davitt Museum, Ballintubber Abbey, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Highlights from your plan
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Newgrange and Bray Head. Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Temple Bar, contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Newgrange, Bray Head
Highlights from your plan
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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