13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Kilrush
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Westport
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Tram + Bus + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin road trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle, and finally get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures. On the next day, stop by Smithwick's Retail Store, don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally appreciate the history behind Kells Priory.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planner.

Take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trip

Kells Priory
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery

1
night
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Killarney, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Patrick's Church
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 6th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get outside with Slea Head Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, kick back and relax at Clogher Strand, enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Dingle Oceanworld, and finally cruise along Dingle Peninsula.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dingle travel route planner.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kilrush.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Kilrush

Kilrush ©
Kilrush is a coastal town in County Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, then step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, then take in nature's colorful creations at Vandeleur Walled Garden, and finally go for a walk through Kilkee Cliff Walk.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kilrush planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kilrush takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kilrush can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Kilrush

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kilkee Cliff Walk
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:
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Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Vandeleur Walled Garden ©
Vandeleur Walled Garden
Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre ©

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 9th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at The Lost Valley, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum and then ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kilrush to Westport in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Michael Davitt Museum, The Lost Valley
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud

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