15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Drive:  2​h
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Liscannor
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Galway
— 3 nights
5
Dublin
— 4 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.
Visit Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Abbey for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Rothe House and Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: King of the Vikings VR (in Waterford), Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea) and Rock of Cashel (in Cashel). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Curracloe Beach and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny road trip planning website .

Dublin to Kilkenny is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hook Lighthouse, Curracloe Beach, King of the Vikings VR, Rock of Cashel
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cork trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Cork sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Jameson Distillery Midleton, Blarney Castle & Gardens, St Colman’s Cathedral
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
St Colman’s Cathedral ©
St Colman’s Cathedral
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

3
nights
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. Get in touch with nature at Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch Beach. Poulnabrone Dolmen and Caherconnell Stone Fort will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Liscannor: Burren National Park (in Corofin), Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell) and Ballyvaughan (Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre). There's much more to do: hike along Burren way, admire the natural beauty at Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hag's Head.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor trip planner .

Getting from Cork to Liscannor by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Caherconnell, Ballyvaughan, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Lahinch Beach, Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Salthill Promenade. Escape the urban bustle at Drummindoo Stud and Wild Atlantic Way. Step out of Galway to go to Cong and see Ashford Castle, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, stroll around Eyre Square, and make a trip to Quay Street.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Galway are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ashford Castle, Drummindoo Stud, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dollymount Strand. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple Bar and Guinness Storehouse. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol, kick back and relax at Sandycove Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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