19 days in Ireland Itinerary

19 days in Ireland Itinerary

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19 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  34 h
1
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Killarney
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Limerick
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  35 h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Charles Fort and Camden Fort Meagher. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Drombeg Stone Circle and Michael Collins Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Old Midleton Distillery (in Midleton), Clonakilty (Inchydoney Beach & West Cork Model Railway Village) and Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery (in Lismore). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cork vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cork is an approximately 34-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Cork. August in Cork sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Clonakilty, Lismore Castle Gardens, Drombeg Stone Circle, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Drombeg Stone Circle ©
Drombeg Stone Circle

3
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mary's Cathedral and Staigue Fort. Step off the beaten path and head to Garnish Island and Gleninchaquin. There's much more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and experience rural life at Kennedy's Pet Farm.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Killarney sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Staigue Fort, Garinish Island, Gleninchaquin Park
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Gleninchaquin Park ©
Gleninchaquin Park

1
day
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 31st (Thu), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Desmond Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Flannan's Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Limerick trip planner.

Getting from Killarney to Limerick by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Limerick are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Flannan's Cathedral, Desmond Castle
Highlights from your plan
St. Flannan's Cathedral ©
St. Flannan's Cathedral
Desmond Castle ©
Desmond 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.
On the 1st (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, then explore and take pictures at Glengowla Mines, and then explore the historical opulence of Aughnanure Castle. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coole Park and then relax in the rural setting at Loughwell Farm Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Galway tour planner.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Galway, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Oughterard, Loughwell Farm Park, Coole Park Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Coole Park Nature Reserve ©
Coole Park Nature Reserve

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.
Ferns Castle and St Marys Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Curracloe Beach and Tramore Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: St Aidan's Cathedral (in Enniscorthy) and Kia Ora Mini Farm (in Gorey). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Kells Priory.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny itinerary builder.

Drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Kia Ora Mini Farm, Kells Priory, Tramore Beach, Curracloe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Tramore Beach ©
Tramore Beach
St. Aidan's Cathedral ©
St. Aidan's Cathedral

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.
Visit Wicklow Mountains National Park and Bru na Boinne for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Trim Castle and Glendalough Monastic Settlement. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Brittas Bay (in Wicklow) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vale of Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Brittas Bay, Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
Highlights from your plan
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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