9 days in Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Ireland Itinerary

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9 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dublin
— 3 nights
End: Dublin

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock of Cashel and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jerpoint Abbey and Butter Slip. Go for a jaunt from Kilkenny to Cappoquin to see Mount Melleray Abbey about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church.

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

Dublin to Kilkenny is an approximately 2-hour bus ride. You can also take a train; or drive. In September in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Mount Melleray Abbey, Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

1
night
Killarney

Killarney
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Killarney itinerary site .

Getting from Kilkenny to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toLimerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

2
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Visit King John's Castle and Kilmacduagh Tower for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum and St. John's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Limerick: Askeaton Friary (in Askeaton), Roscrea Castle (in Roscrea) and Ahenny High Crosses (in Tipperary). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Munchin's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, and look for gifts at The Lawrence Collection.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Limerick trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Killarney to Limerick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Gort, Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, Roscrea Castle, The Lawrence Collection, Askeaton Friary
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum ©
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum
Askeaton Friary ©
Askeaton Friary

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Temple Bar. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Powerscourt Gardens and House, contemplate the long history of Trim Castle, then take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin online travel planner .

You can drive from Limerick to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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