16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12 h
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Clifden
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  1 h 45 min
6
Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h
7
Galway
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  13 h
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hall of the Vicars Choral, take in the exciting artwork at The Blackbird Gallery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Abbey, and finally delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, admire the landmark architecture of Bishop's Palace, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then contemplate the long history of Reginald's Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Friary, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from New York City to Kilkenny, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Kilkenny at 62°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel, Holycross Abbey
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Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head off the coast to Spike Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, and then hunt for treasures at The English Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cork City Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fota Wildlife Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cork online tour builder .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh Cathedral
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Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

2
nights
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 7th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, make a trip to Ladies' View, then get great views at Moll's Gap, and finally take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then step into the grandiose world of Carriganass Castle, and then get to know the fascinating history of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm.

Plan my day in Killarney using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Killarney, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Carriganass Castle, Ring of Kerry, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
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Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Carriganass Castle ©
Carriganass Castle

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 9th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Inch Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dingle online holiday planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Head to O`Dalaigh Jewellers and Roundstone Ceramicsfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Dog's Bay Beach and Renvyle Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Silver Strand in Louisburgh (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mannin Bay Blueway, relax in the rural setting at DK Connemara Oysters Ltd, take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and don't miss a visit to Sky Rd.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Clifden trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Dingle to Clifden takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Roundstone, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, DK Connemara Oysters, Silver Strand, Renvyle Beach
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Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
O`Dalaigh Jewellers ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers
Roundstone Ceramics ©
Roundstone Ceramics

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 14th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Inishmore trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Clifden to Inishmore takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Doolin Cave and Poulnabrone Dolmen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Clonmacnoise and Galway Cathedral. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan) and Burren Perfumery (in Carran). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and make a trip to Quay Street.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galway sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Inishmore to Galway by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Galway, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Tyrone House, Burren Perfumery, Clonmacnoise, Doolin Cave
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Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
Clonmacnoise ©
Clonmacnoise
Burren Perfumery ©
Burren Perfumery

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