8 days in Ireland's West Coast & Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland's West Coast & Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Houston
+2
Bus + Foot + 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
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  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.
On the 25th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of 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.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kinsale trip planning app.

Houston, USA to Kinsale is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Houston in August: high temperatures in Kinsale hover around 64°F and lows are around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

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

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.
On the 26th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, contemplate the long history of Rothe House and Garden, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On your second day here, make a trip to Rock of Cashel, examine the collection at King of the Vikings, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny holiday planner.

Getting from Kinsale to Kilkenny by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

4
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 Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Guinness Storehouse. And it doesn't end there: visit Temple Bar, explore the galleries of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and walk around Phoenix Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dublin travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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