13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28​h
1
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Clifden
— 2 nights
5
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally hunt for treasures at The English Market. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally look for gifts at Records and Relics.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Cork trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Cork is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Cork, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Cork hover around 16°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
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 12th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, stop by Skyline Gallery, look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Glengarriff Nature Reserve, and finally make a trip to Ladies' View. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, and then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Killarney trip planner .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kenmare, Glengarriff Nature Reserve
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by Holden Leathergoods, stop by Sweet Pea Gift Shop, stop by Kathleen McAuliffe, stop by Dingle Record Shop, then view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, and finally stroll through Inch Beach. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory and then get a taste of the local shopping with John Weldon Jewellers.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Dingle itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Dingle

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Inch Beach
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
The Carol Cronin Gallery ©
The Carol Cronin Gallery

2
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Connemara Blue, make a trip to Sky Rd, then look for gifts at Cottage Handcrafts, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Roundstone Ceramics and then stroll through Dog's Bay Beach.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Clifden trip website .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Clifden takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Roundstone, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Cottage Handcrafts
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Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): wander the streets of Grafton Street, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and then steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, and then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dublin route planning website .

Traveling by car from Clifden to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. May in Dublin sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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