15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Galway
— 3 nights
5
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Milan

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 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, step into the grandiose world of Cahir Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, and finally delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Kilkenny is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Kilkenny is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Milan in August, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Kilkenny: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cashel, Curracloe Beach, Ferns Castle, Cahir Castle, Hook Lighthouse
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Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral, step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, then examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cork trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cobh, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Fota Wildlife Park, Charles Fort
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Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Inch Beach and Rossbeigh Beach. Let the collections at Blackwater Woodturners and Norman McCloskey Photography capture your imagination. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Garinish Island (in Glengarriff) and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, get outside with Ring of Kerry, and admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Killarney day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Inch Beach, Garinish Island, Kerry Cliffs
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Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Inch Beach ©
Inch 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Galway Cathedral and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Step off the beaten path and head to Wild Atlantic Way and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Fanore Beach (in Fanore) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, and view the masterpieces at Lynch's Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Galway day trip tool .

You can drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Fanore Beach, Cliffs of Moher
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Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bru na Boinne and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Chester Beatty and Christ Church Cathedral. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Powerscourt Gardens and House in Enniskerry--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol, and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip site .

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Cathedral
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

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