12 days in Ireland & Ballycastle Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Ballycastle Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland & Ballycastle Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Ballycastle, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Carrick, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  2​h
6
Inishmore, Ireland
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Bus:  9​h 30​min
7
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
Bus:  45​min
9
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 45​min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
End: Dublin, Ireland

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nights
Dublin, Ireland

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.
The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, then get your bearings at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne and then appreciate the history behind Newgrange.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Donore
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Newgrange ©
Newgrange

1
night
Ballycastle, United Kingdom

Ballycastle ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Giant's Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and The Dark Hedges. On the 27th (Sat), take a memorable drive along The Dark Hedges, explore the historical opulence of Kinbane Castle, then snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ballycastle Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ballycastle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Ballycastle takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Carrick.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Giant's Causeway, The Dark Hedges, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
The Dark Hedges ©
The Dark Hedges

1
night
Carrick, Ireland

Carrick ©
You've now added Sliabh Liag Boat Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get great views at Slieve League, then take a memorable tour with Sliabh Liag Boat Tours, and then stroll through Silver Strand Beach.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carrick trip planner.

Drive from Ballycastle to Carrick in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Silver Strand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach
Sliabh Liag Boat Tours ©
Sliabh Liag Boat Tours

1
night
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Donegal Castle, make a trip to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, and finally steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Donegal Town trip planner.

Getting from Carrick to Donegal Town by car takes about an hour. In July in Donegal Town, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cong
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Monk's Fishing House ©
Monk's Fishing House

1
night
Galway, Ireland

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 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Donegal Town to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Donegal Town in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

1
night
Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll through The Wormhole, make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, and then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore tour builder site .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Inishmore sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Inishmore

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Teampall Bhean'in ©
Teampall Bhean'in

1
day
Dingle, Ireland

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dolphin & Whale Watching has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle vacation site .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Inishmore to Dingle in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Dingle

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

1
night
Waterford, Ireland

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, stop by BEBHINN, then get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Waterford online route planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Waterford takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Reginald's Tower ©
Reginald's Tower
King of the Vikings ©
King of the Vikings

1
night
Kilkenny, Ireland

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 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, get engrossed in the history at Rothe House and Garden, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Waterford to Kilkenny takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

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

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night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Glendalough Monastic Settlement.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip maker .

Take a train from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glendalough Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
The Little Museum of Dublin ©
The Little Museum of Dublin

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