12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland holiday planner
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Adare
— 1 night
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Killarney
— 1 night
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Kinsale
— 1 night
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 6 nights

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Adare — 1 night

Adare is a small town in County Limerick, Ireland, located south-west of the city of Limerick. On the 30th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Quin Abbey and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Desmond Castle, then look for gifts at Adare Heritage Centre, then walk around Adare Town Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Abbey Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Adare planning app.

Shannon to Adare is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 1 night

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 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Killarney trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Adare to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kinsale.
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Kinsale — 1 night

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kinsale road trip app.

Drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. You will leave for Kilkenny on the 3rd (Mon).
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Kilkenny — 2 nights

Marble City

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 (Mon): learn insider's secrets on Royal Oak Distillery, step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, and then pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally explore by horseback at Danvill House Farm.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin — 6 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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