18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Cork
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Luttrellstown Castle Resort. You'll explore and learn at Guinness Storehouse and The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Temple Bar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, get engrossed in the history at National Library of Ireland, steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, and pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dublin travel planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Dublin. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), stroll around Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then browse the exhibits of VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and finally get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny journey maker website .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 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 Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum
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Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, and then don't miss a visit to Quay Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, look for gifts at The Woollen Market, and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galway trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kilkenny to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burren National Park, The Woollen Market, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

1
night
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 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Spanish Point Beach, kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, then play a few rounds at Lahinch Golf Club, and finally get great views at Cliffs of Moher.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Liscannor day trip website .

You can drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lahinch, Spanish Point Beach
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Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Spanish Point Beach ©
Spanish Point Beach

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Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): head outdoors with Slea Head Drive and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dingle trip planner.

Drive from Liscannor to Dingle in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Dingle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Visiting Killarney National Park and Kerry Cliffs will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall. There's lots more to do: cruise along Ring of Kerry, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and make a trip to Ladies' View.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip maker website .

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, St. Patrick's Church, Kerry Cliffs
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story and Jameson Distillery Midleton. Do some cultural sightseeing at Titanic Experience Cobh and Blarney Castle & Gardens. Go for a jaunt from Cork to Kinsale to see Charles Fort about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cork day trip planning site .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Charles Fort
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Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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