19 days in Ireland Itinerary

19 days in Ireland Itinerary

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19 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 29th (Sun): make a trip to St. John's Priory, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Friary, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny vacation builder.

New York City, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Kilkenny due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kilkenny: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterford, Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Highlights from your plan
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, sample the fine beverages at The Jameson Experience, then hunt for treasures at Old English Market/City Market, and finally gain insight at University College Cork (UCC). On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Lusitania Memorial, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cork travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cork are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cobh, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
University College Cork (UCC) ©
University College Cork (UCC)

3
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ross Castle and Ladies' View. Change things up with a short trip to Allihies Copper Mine Trail in Allihies (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, Allihies Copper Mine Trail
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry

2
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Desmond Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Limerick online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Killarney to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Desmond Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Desmond Castle ©
Desmond 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quay Street and Salthill Promenade. There's lots more to do: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours, explore the activities along Galway Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Galway trip builder.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Galway sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sky Rd and The Great Western Greenway. Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Clifden (Hehirs Of Clifden & Connemara Blue). There's much more to do: get outside with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, stop by Parade, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Westport trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Galway in May: highs in Westport hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Clifden, Ballintubber Abbey, Parade
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bru na Boinne and National Botanic Gardens. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, stroll through St. Stephen's Green, see where the action happens at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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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