17 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

17 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  18 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Cobh, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grafton Street, Dublin Castle and Trinity College Dublin. On the 27th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, then shop like a local with Grafton Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour builder app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Dublin is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Dublin is minus 8 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August; daily highs in Dublin reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Blarney Castle & Gardens and Nano Nagle Place. Popular historic sites such as Charles Fort and Holy Trinity Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty) and Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and examine the collection at Butter Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cork online route planner .

Take a train from Dublin to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Cork, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Cobh.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Inchydoney Beach, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

2
nights
Cobh, Ireland

Cobh ©
Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Birds of Prey Educational Centre, kick back and relax at Ballyquin Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clonea Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to The Round Tower.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cobh road trip website .

Cobh is very close to Cork. In August, daily temperatures in Cobh can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Cobh

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Midleton, Clonea Beach, Ballyquin Beach
Highlights from your plan
Birds of Prey Educational Centre ©
Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

1
night
Dingle, Ireland

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Inch Beach, 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.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip site .

Drive from Cobh to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, then enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, and then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Galway sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Highlights from your plan
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches

2
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Keel Beach, explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and then stroll through Drummindoo Stud. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, take a memorable drive along Killadoon Standing Stone, then stroll through The Lost Valley, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Westport trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Westport sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Lost Valley, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Keel Beach, Killadoon Standing Stone
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©

2
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Ulster Museum, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally examine the collection at Titanic Belfast. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Church, then explore the galleries of HMS Caroline, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Belfast trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Westport to Belfast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilkenny Castle and Ferns Castle. Get some historical perspective at Jerpoint Abbey and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Rock of Cashel (in Cashel), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception (in Wexford). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hook Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Loftus Hall, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip maker app .

Drive from Belfast to Kilkenny in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception, Hook Lighthouse, Ferns Castle, Rock of Cashel, Curracloe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

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