20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy), Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nore Valley Walking Route, play a few rounds at Pococke Golf Centre, and explore the fascinating landscape at The Ice Cream Parlour.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip builder .

San Francisco, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in Kilkenny at 58°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Seal Rescue Ireland, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Curracloe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Seal Rescue Ireland ©
Seal Rescue Ireland

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Kenmare (Faungorth Activity Centre & Ring of Beara), Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra) and Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park and trek along Beara Way.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney trip builder app .

Getting from Kilkenny to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenmare, Beara Way, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Blarney Castle & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Beara Way ©
Beara Way
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dingle is known for historic sites, wildlife, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive, head outdoors with Dingle Peninsula, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Skellig Michael.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dingle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, and then steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen. On your second day here, shop like a local with Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden, then Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and finally have fun at Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor vacation planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Liscannor in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Liscannor are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

County Clare, Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre, Aillwee Cave, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Clare Coastal Walk Project
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Westport (Drummindoo Stud & Westport House), Burren National Park (in Corofin) and Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, grab your bike and head to South Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Pigeon Hole Cave, and let little ones run wild at McMahon/Clare Lake Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Castlefergus Equestrian, Burren National Park, Pigeon Hole Cave, McMahon/Clare Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Westport House ©
Westport House
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

5
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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, walk around Phoenix Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Dublin day trip tool .

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Dublin are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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