19 days in Ireland Itinerary

19 days in Ireland Itinerary

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19 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Inishmore
— 1 day
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Bunratty
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kenmare
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
day
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair and then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inishmore holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Inishmore is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Inishmore due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in May: high temperatures in Inishmore hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Bunratty.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa

2
nights
Bunratty

Bunratty ©
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
On the 16th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, then get outside with Dromoland Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Quin Abbey.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bunratty trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Bunratty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In May in Bunratty, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Quin Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Gallarus Oratory and Kilmalkedar Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St.James Church and Great Blasket Island. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Irish Famine Cottages, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bunratty to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Dingle sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Celtic and Prehistoric Museum
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Kilmalkedar Church ©
Kilmalkedar Church

2
nights
Kenmare

Kenmare ©
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for gifts at Skyline Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and then admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kenmare tour planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kenmare takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kenmare can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Killarney
Highlights from your plan
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

3
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 23rd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, look for gifts at Tregan Craft Centre, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Blarney Castle & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Cobh Heritage Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and finally stop by Giles Norman Photography.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kinsale trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Kinsale takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cobh, Cork
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jerpoint Abbey and Jerpoint Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Tintern Abbey (in Wexford), Loftus Hall (in Hook Head) and Rock of Cashel (in Cashel). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Hook Lighthouse, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capuchin Friary.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Rock of Cashel, Loftus Hall, Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol and Bru na Boinne. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dublin Castle and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Temple Bar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Phoenix Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at James Joyce Cultural Centre.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip builder.

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Dublin, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough 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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