11 days in Ireland Itinerary

11 days in Ireland Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  19​h
Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kilkenny
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
Chicago

3
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Bru na Boinne and Trinity College Dublin are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trim Castle and The Famine Sculpture. There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, stroll through St. Stephen's Green, admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, and contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dublin sightseeing planner.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. In July, Dublin is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol
Bru na Boinne
Trim Castle

1
day
Liscannor

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Liscannor travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Dublin to Liscannor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Liscannor are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lahinch Beach
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Cliffs of Moher
Lahinch Beach

2
days
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 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, then steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, then trek along Torc Mountain Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Ladies' View.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Killarney sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Killarney sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Killarney National Park
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey

2
days
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.
On the 8th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Inchydoney Beach, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then sample the fine beverages at The Jameson Experience, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cork trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Killarney to Cork by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Cork sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Inchydoney Beach, Blarney Castle & Gardens, The Jameson Experience, Charles Fort, Cobh Cathedral
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Charles Fort
Inchydoney Beach
Blarney Castle & Gardens

1
day
Kilkenny

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny tour planner.

Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries
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Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey

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