12 days in Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Glendalough Village
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Cashel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kinsale
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Killarney
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Lahinch
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
9
Doolin
— Few hours
ferry:  1​h 30​min
10
Inishmore
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h 15​min
11
Carran
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Trim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Dublin
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h
End: Minneapolis


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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.
You've added O'Connell Street, GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Temple Bar and then take in the local highlights with Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, examine the collection at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, then take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then get advice or help at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and finally take a stroll through O'Connell Street.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Dublin, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Glendalough Village.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
O'Connell Street ©
O'Connell Street
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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Glendalough Village

Glendalough Village ©
Glendalough Cathedral has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Glendalough Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Glendalough Village online attractions planner .

Getting from Dublin to Glendalough Village by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Glendalough Village

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glendalough Cathedral
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Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyteler's Inn. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll around Kilkenny Castle and then get a taste of local nightlife at Kyteler's Inn.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Glendalough Village to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. September in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cashel.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Nightlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyteler's Inn
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Kyteler's Inn ©
Kyteler's Inn

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Cashel

Cashel ©
A tiny settlement rich in history, Cashel maintains the old-fashioned charm of a small market town.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cashel day trip planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cashel in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Cashel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Cashel

Historic Sites
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

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night
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 23rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kinsale driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Cashel to Kinsale takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and Killarney National Park. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, then admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Killarney vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

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Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Dingle Pub, Irish Famine Cottages, Dingle Electric Bike Experience, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): join in the after-dark buzz at The Dingle Pub. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then sample the fine beverages at Dingle Whiskey Distillery, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Dingle, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lahinch.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

Side Trip

The Great Blasket Centre and Island
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Dingle Electric Bike Experience ©
Dingle Electric Bike Experience
Irish Famine Cottages ©
Irish Famine Cottages
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©

1
night
Lahinch

Lahinch ©
Home to a renowned gulf club, Lahinch has become better known as a surfing spot in recent years.
To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Lahinch trip site .

Drive from Dingle to Lahinch in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lahinch are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Doolin.

Things to do in Lahinch

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hag's Head
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Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head

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Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
You've now added The Burren Smokehouse, to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), look for gifts at The Burren Smokehouse, and then make a trip to Cliffs of Moher.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Doolin road trip website .

Doolin is very close to Lahinch. In September in Doolin, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, The Burren Smokehouse,
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren Smokehouse, ©
The Burren Smokehouse,

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night
Inishmore

Inishmore
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inishmore vacation maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Doolin to Inishmore takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Inishmore are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carran.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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night
Carran

Carran
Carran, sometimes also spelled "Carron", is a small village in County Clare, Ireland, in the region known as the Burren, within a civil parish of the same name. To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Carran trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Inishmore to Carran with the Route module. September in Carran sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Trim.

Things to do in Carran

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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night
Trim

Trim ©
On the 29th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Trim day trip app .

You can drive from Carran to Trim in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Dublin.

Things to do in Trim

Historic Sites
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

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Dublin

Dublin
To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner .

You can drive from Trim to Dublin in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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