18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
1
Dublin
— 1 night
+2
Train + Taxi + Ferry:  7 h
2
Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
3
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Waterville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Trim
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
End: Dublin

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Wed), admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, experience rural life at Irish National Stud & Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Powerscourt Gardens and House, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to O'Connell Street, then sample the fine beverages at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and then step into the grandiose world of Malahide Castle.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dublin sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portmarnock Beach, Malahide Castle, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Portmarnock Beach ©
Portmarnock Beach
O'Connell Street ©
O'Connell Street
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, stop by Mary O'Flaherty, explore the ancient world of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, and finally hike along The Worm Hole (Poll na bPeist).

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inishmore itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, taxi, and ferry from Dublin to Inishmore takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and ferry. June in Inishmore sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Keel Beach, stroll through Mulranny Strand, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Coffin Ship, then explore by horseback at Croagh Patrick Stables, then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Cong Heritage Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Westport holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Westport in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cong, Keel Beach, Mulranny Strand
Highlights from your plan
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Coole Park, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, then contemplate the long history of Aughnanure Castle, and finally admire all the interesting features of Glengowla Mines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Tyrone House and then look for all kinds of wild species at Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waterville.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Oughterard, Coole Park Nature Reserve, Tyrone House, Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park
Highlights from your plan
Coole Park Nature Reserve ©
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle

2
nights
Waterville

Waterville ©
County Kerry's picture-perfect holiday resort of Waterville is a weekend getaway once favored by Charlie Chaplin's family.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Loher stone fort, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Allihies Copper Mine Trail, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Irish Fairy Trails, then step off the mainland to explore Abbey Island, and then explore the historical opulence of McCarthy Mor Tower House - Ballinskellig Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Waterville trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Galway to Waterville in 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Waterville are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Waterville

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Caherdaniel, Allihies Copper Mine Trail, McCarthy Mor Tower House - Ballinskellig Castle
Highlights from your plan
Irish Fairy Trails ©
Irish Fairy Trails
Allihies Copper Mine Trail ©
Allihies Copper Mine Trail

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 16th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at Glentenassig Forest, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon, and then contemplate the long history of Riasc. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dingle Way.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dingle online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Waterville to Dingle in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Dingle are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Glenteenassig Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Glenteenassig Forest Park ©
Glenteenassig Forest Park
The Dingle Way ©
The Dingle Way
Mount Brandon ©
Mount Brandon

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 18th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Kennedy's Pet Farm, then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Gleninchaquin and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rossbeigh Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Gleninchaquin Park, Rossbeigh Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gleninchaquin Park ©
Gleninchaquin Park
Rossbeigh Beach ©
Rossbeigh Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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 (Tue), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then contemplate the long history of Michael Collins Centre, and then steep yourself in history at James Fort. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork itinerary maker.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Cork, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lismore Castle Gardens, Michael Collins Centre, James Fort
Highlights from your plan
Camden Fort Meagher ©
Camden Fort Meagher
James Fort ©
James Fort
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): experience rural life at Rancho Reilly, play a few rounds at Mount Juliet Estate, then appreciate the history behind Kells Priory, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, admire the natural beauty at Woodstock House and Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Ferns Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Huntington Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny custom trip planner.

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Trim.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Golf

Side Trips

Kells Priory, Rancho Reilly, Ferns Castle, Huntington Castle
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle
Huntington Castle ©
Huntington Castle

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night
Trim

Trim ©
On the 24th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Trim Castle, then look for gifts at Blackbird Books, then find something for the whole family at The Zone, and finally experience rural life at Causey Farm.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Trim itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Trim in 2 hours. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Trim, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Trim

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Navan
Highlights from your plan
The Zone ©
The Zone
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Causey Farm ©
Causey Farm

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