12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Houston
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Waterford
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Sligo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Dublin
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  15 h 45 min
End: Houston

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 23rd (Mon): browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and then appreciate the history behind James Joyce Statue. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Spire, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar.

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Houston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Houston to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In September, Dublin is colder than Houston - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Waterford.

Things to do in Dublin

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

1
night
Waterford

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings, and then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford vacation planner.

Drive from Dublin to Waterford in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Waterford sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums

Side Trip

Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
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Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum
King of the Vikings ©
King of the Vikings
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

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 26th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, and then don't miss a visit to Ladies' View. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, then appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Waterford to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Patrick's Church
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, then make a trip to Quay Street, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the activities along Galway Bay, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and finally walk around Eyre Square.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Galway day trip app.

Drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Galway sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway Bay ©
Galway Bay
Climbing Tours

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church and then head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, appreciate the history behind St. Patrick Statue, and then grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Westport, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Michael Davitt Museum
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

1
night
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sligo road trip planning tool.

Drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yeats's Grave
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Lissadell House ©
Lissadell House
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Yeats's Grave ©
Yeats's Grave

1
night
Dublin

Dublin ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Merrion Square.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip app.

Getting from Sligo to Dublin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Merrion Square ©
Merrion Square

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