26 days in Ireland Itinerary

26 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Kilkenny
— 4 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 4 nights
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Dingle
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Dublin
— 7 nights

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Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©

Marble City

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.
Appreciate the collections at Medieval Mile Museum and Rothe House and Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Castlecomer Discovery Park and Curracloe Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan), Seal Rescue Ireland (in Courtown) and Hore Abbey (in Cashel). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Cahir Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Kilkenny. Traveling from Kuwait City in December, expect nights in Kilkenny to be slightly colder, around 6°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum

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Waterford

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
On the 12th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at The Irish Handmade Glass Company, admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, then see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally make a trip to The Apple Market. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Ballyhack Castle, then visit a coastal fixture at Hook Lighthouse, then surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye Falconry, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Waterford road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Waterford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey

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Cork

Cork ©

Rebel City

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 14th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, then admire the striking features of St Fin Barre's Cathedral, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cork day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cork are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

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Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get a sense of the local culture at Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle. Shop till you drop at Skelligs Chocolate Co. and Norman McCloskey Photography. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty), Banna Strand (in Tralee) and Staigue Fort (in Castlecove). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Torc Mountain Walk, cruise along Ring of Kerry, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, and go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

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Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Banna Strand
Banna Strand

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Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 20th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, then make a trip to Dingle Peninsula, then take in the exciting artwork at Dingle Artworks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fiadh Woven Design.

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You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Dingle, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass

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Galway

Galway ©

City of the Tribes

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 The Great Western Greenway and Burren National Park. Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Clonmacnoise (in County Offaly), Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford) and Ireland's School of Falconry (in Cong). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, make a trip to Sky Rd, and look for gifts at Cottage Handcrafts.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Galway travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Galway is slightly colder than Dingle - with highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Ireland's School of Falconry ©
Ireland's School of Falconry
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre

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Dublin

Dublin ©

Fair City

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 discover tucked-away gems like Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Chester Beatty. Appreciate the collections at Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Spend the 30th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Grafton Street, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and stroll around Phoenix Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum

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