15 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Galway
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Galway
— 3 nights
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive
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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Galway — 3 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Visit Salthill Promenade and Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Quay Street. Change things up with a short trip to Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre in Tulsk (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galway journey builder app.

Washington, USA to Galway is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington to Galway. Traveling from Washington in October, you will find days in Galway are little chillier (54°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 2 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 24th (Tue), stroll through Inch Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Slea Head Drive.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Dingle online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dingle are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 2 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 26th (Thu), look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market, then admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and finally explore the galleries of The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney trip itinerary builder.

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. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cork.
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Cork — 2 nights

Rebel City

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 28th (Sat): make a trip to Blarney Stone, then admire the landmark architecture of St Fin Barre's Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and finally stroll the grounds of St. Oliver's Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cork road trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kilfane Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Dublin.
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Dublin — 4 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.
Chester Beatty and 14 Henrietta Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bru na Boinne and The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Trim Castle (in Trim) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, get engrossed in the history at National Library of Ireland, contemplate the long history of Dublinia, and learn about all things military at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Dublin trip planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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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