17 days in Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Ireland Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
County Donegal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Sligo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Killarney
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12 h 45 min
End: New York City

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Visiting Dollymount Strand and Portmarnock Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandymount Strand, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin route builder website.

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In April, Dublin is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to County Donegal.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Portmarnock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

3
nights
County Donegal

County Donegal ©
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions.
Get in touch with nature at Poison Glen and Tory Island. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grianan Of Aileach and Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Eunan's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Lough Eske, explore the activities along Donegal Bay, and get engrossed in the history at The Workhouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the County Donegal online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to County Donegal takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in County Donegal when traveling from Dublin in April, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in County Donegal

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tory Island ©
Tory Island
Grianan Of Aileach ©
Grianan Of Aileach

2
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see Strandhill Surf School, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dunmoran Strand, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. On the next day, head off the coast to Inishmurray Island and then enjoy the sand and surf at Easkey.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sligo trip planner.

Traveling by car from County Donegal to Sligo takes an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dunmoran Strand ©
Dunmoran Strand
Strandhill Surf School ©
Strandhill Surf School
Inishmurray Island ©
Inishmurray Island

3
nights
Galway

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Give It A Go and Lahinch Beach. Galway City Museum and Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Galway with an excursion to Whitewater Surf School & Shop Spanish Point in Spanish Point--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, view the masterpieces at Lynch's Castle, and make a splash at Leisure Land.

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Drive from Sligo to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sligo in April since evenings lows in Galway dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Whitewater Surf School & Shop Spanish Point, Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Lahinch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Give It A Go ©
Give It A Go
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Escape the urban bustle at Barleycove Beach and Banna Strand. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Aqua Dome (in Tralee), Sherkin Island (in Baltimore) and Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Killarney are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tralee, Barleycove Beach, Sherkin Island, Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sherkin Island ©
Sherkin Island
Barleycove Beach ©
Barleycove Beach
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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