17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cashel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Westport
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Rome

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, then get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, and finally admire the natural beauty at National Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin visit planner.

Rome, Italy to Dublin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Rome, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cashel.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Powerscourt Gardens and House
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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty

1
night
Cashel

Cashel ©
A tiny settlement rich in history, Cashel maintains the old-fashioned charm of a small market town.
On the 1st (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, then don't miss a visit to Showgrounds Shopping Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Cahir Abbey.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cashel online trip planner .

Getting from Dublin to Cashel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Cashel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Cashel

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cahir Castle, Showgrounds Shopping Centre, Cahir Abbey
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and then head off the coast to Spike Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cork visit website .

Drive from Cashel to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Cork sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Fota Wildlife Park
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Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

3
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. There's much more to do: make a trip to Ladies' View, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography, take some stellar pictures from Moll's Gap, and appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Killarney sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Killarney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
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Climbing Tours
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 7th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. On the next day, head outdoors with Dingle Peninsula, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Dingle, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

3
nights
Galway

Galway ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild Atlantic Way and Galway Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Doolin Cave (in Doolin) and Clonmacnoise (in County Offaly). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and walk around Eyre Square.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Galway trip builder tool .

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dingle in July since evenings lows in Galway dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Doolin Cave, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clonmacnoise
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway's Latin Quarter ©
Galway's Latin Quarter

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Marconi Station, then make a trip to Sky Rd, and then stroll through Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Westport road trip site .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Westport sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Mayo, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

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