12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Merry Ploughboys Irish Night, St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, The Irish Dance Party, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Irish Family History Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carrolls Irish Gifts and Poolbeg Lighthouse. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dublin Mountains.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dublin road trip planning site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Dublin to be cooler, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Glendalough Village.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
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The Irish Dance Party ©
The Irish Dance Party
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Irish Family History Centre ©
Irish Family History Centre

2
nights
Glendalough Village

Glendalough Village ©
Glendalough Cathedral has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): trek along St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk and then admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Greystones Blue Flag Beach, view the masterpieces at The Boat Yard Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Duckett's Grove.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Glendalough Village online vacation planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Glendalough Village in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You will leave for Malahide on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Glendalough Village

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Greystones, Glendalough Cathedral, Duckett's Grove
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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. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Malahide Marina and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Malahide Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Malahide trip planning site.

You can drive from Glendalough Village to Malahide in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Malahide can reach 10°C, while at night they dip 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 Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): view the masterpieces at The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography, thenview the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ardfert Cathedral, thentake some stellar pictures from Moll's Gap, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps and more tourist information, read Killarney travel route builder site.

You can fly from Malahide to Killarney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and tram. In December, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow 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
Ardfert Cathedral ©
Ardfert Cathedral
Spas

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