14 days in Ireland Itinerary

14 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Dublin, Bus to Galway
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Galway
— 3 nights
Drive
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Westport
— 1 night
Drive
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Doolin
— 1 night
Drive
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Waterford
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly

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Galway

— 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan), Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, relax in the rural setting at The Farmyard, explore the activities along Galway Bay, and stroll around Eyre Square.

Plan trip to Galway with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Chicago, USA to Galway is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Galway, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Galway to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°F and 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Westport

— 1 night
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Quay Gallery, and finally stop by Parade.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Westport sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Westport

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Doolin

— 1 night
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Clare Coastal Walk Project, stroll through Cliffs of Moher, and then walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Doolin journey planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Doolin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waterford.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Waterford

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterford: Castlecomer Discovery Park (in Castlecomer), Kilkenny Castle (in Kilkenny) and Jerpoint Abbey (in Thomastown). The adventure continues: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, stop by BEBHINN, and make a trip to Thomas Francis Meagher statue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Waterford trip planner.

Drive from Doolin to Waterford in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Waterford

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Temple Bar, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip maker.

Drive from Waterford to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.