15 days in Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland route builder

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Dublin
— 5 nights
Drive
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Clifden
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 1 night
Drive
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Dingle
— 1 night
Drive
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Cork
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 1 night
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Dublin

— 5 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol Museum and 14 Henrietta Street. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Kilbeggan Distillery and Trim Castle. Step out of Dublin to go to Trim and see St Mary's Abbey, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, get a taste of the local shopping with Grafton Street, sample the fine beverages at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and see the interesting displays at Dublinia.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip website.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Dublin: highs are around 48°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Clifden

— 3 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Popular historic sites such as Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Gothic Chapel are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Roundstone Ceramics and Lavelle Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Connemara Seaweed Baths in Letterfrack (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sky Rd, stop by Lowry's Sweater & Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lettergesh Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Clifden trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Clifden in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Galway

— 1 night

City of the Tribes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ross Errily Friary, contemplate the long history of Royal Abbey of Cong, and then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, then admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, then learn insider's secrets on Micil Distillery, and finally look for gifts at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Galway online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Dingle

— 1 night
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dingle trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Galway in December, expect Dingle to be somewhat warmer, temps between 51°F and 43°F. You'll set off for Cork on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Cork

— 2 nights

Rebel City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Fin Barre's Cathedral and Blarney Castle & Gardens. Get some historical perspective at Cobh Cathedral and St. Anne's Church. Go for a jaunt from Cork to Cobh to see St Colman’s Cathedral about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, and walk around Fitzgerald Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cork trip planner.

Getting from Dingle to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Cork sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Dublin

— 1 night

Fair City

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cork to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.