8 days in Ireland's West Coast & Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland's West Coast & Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland's West Coast & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  17​h
1
Kinsale
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
day
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Multose Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kinsale itinerary planning website .

Houston, USA to Kinsale is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Houston to Kinsale. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in August; daily highs in Kinsale reach 64°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

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Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

2
nights
Kilkenny

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 26th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel, then see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, and finally do a tasting at Irish Whiskey Tasting Event.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Rock of Cashel, King of the Vikings VR
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Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple Bar and Trinity College Dublin. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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