8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  15 h 45 min
1
Cork
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

1
day
Cork

Cork ©
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.
On the 20th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Cork City Gaol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cork, use our trip itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Cork is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cork due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in May, with highs in Cork at 57°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 21st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry, then sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, then stroll through Torc Mountain Walk, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then hike along Old Kenmare Road.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Old Kenmare Road, Kerry Cliffs
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Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny journey builder app.

Drive from Killarney to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, explore the galleries of 14 Henrietta Street, and then make a trip to Temple Bar. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and finally see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Dublin, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street

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