15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  13​h
1
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cork
— 2 nights
4
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Popular historic sites such as Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Salthill Promenade are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). There's more to do: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Galway online trip itinerary maker .

New York City, USA to Galway is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Galway reach 62°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Michael Davitt Museum, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
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Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Gap of Dunloe. Get some cultural insight at Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle. Go for a jaunt from Killarney to Kenmare to see St. Patrick's Church about 40 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry, and cruise along Ring of Kerry.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Galway to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Ring of Kerry
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
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.
On the 19th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Birds of Prey Educational Centre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church, then see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and finally hunt for treasures at The English Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cork day trip planner .

Drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cobh, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church, Birds of Prey Educational Centre, Charles Fort
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

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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.
Hore Abbey and Cahir Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jerpoint Abbey and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Ferns Castle (in Ferns), The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy) and Rock of Cashel (in Cashel). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and browse the exhibits of Hook Lighthouse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kilkenny, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Cashel, Waterford, Hook Lighthouse, Cahir Castle
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bru na Boinne and Glendalough Monastic Settlement. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to Wall of Fame, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

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