12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glendalough Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Malahide
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

3
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 list of things to see and do now includes The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub, St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, The Irish Dance Party, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will appreciate Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Irish Family History Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dublin Mountains and Carrolls Irish Gifts. There's more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Poolbeg Lighthouse.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Dublin itinerary app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In December, Dublin is colder than Cape Town - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Glendalough Village.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Irish Family History Centre ©
Irish Family History Centre
Merry Ploughboys Irish Night ©
Merry Ploughboys Irish Night

2
nights
Glendalough Village

Glendalough Village ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glendalough Cathedral. On the 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk and then admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Greystones Blue Flag Beach, then view the masterpieces at The Boat Yard Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Duckett's Grove.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Glendalough Village trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Glendalough Village takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off toMalahide.

Things to do in Glendalough Village

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Greystones, Duckett's Grove, Glendalough Cathedral
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Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Duckett's Grove ©
Duckett's Grove
The Boat Yard Gallery ©
The Boat Yard Gallery

2
nights
Malahide

Malahide ©
Malahide is an affluent coastal suburban town outside Dublin city in Fingal, Ireland. You've now added Malahide Castle to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Malahide Marina and then kick back and relax at Malahide Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Malahide online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glendalough Village to Malahide takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Malahide

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Malahide Marina ©
Malahide Marina
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography, take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ardfert Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Moll's Gap, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Killarney day trip planning site .

You can fly from Malahide to Killarney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Killarney sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Spas Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Ardfert Cathedral
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Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
Spas
St. Mary's Church of Ireland ©
St. Mary's Church of Ireland

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