18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Lethbridge
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
1
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Dublin
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Lethbridge

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan), Wexford (Blue Egg Gallery & The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception) and Waterford (John Condon Memorial, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and explore the fascinating landscape at The Ice Cream Parlour.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip planning website.

Lethbridge, Canada to Kilkenny is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Lethbridge to Kilkenny, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lethbridge in March, expect Kilkenny to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Wexford, The Bull Ring, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©

2
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ballinspittle, then browse the exhibits of The Gallery Kinsale, and finally explore the galleries of The Boathouse Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co, then stop by Kinsale Crystal, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kinsale day trip website.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance ©
Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance

1
night
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 8th (Sun), stop by Moher Cottage, take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, trek along Hag's Head, then kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Liscannor trip app.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Liscannor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Liscannor are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Poulnabrone Dolmen, Lahinch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Poulnabrone Dolmen ©
Poulnabrone Dolmen
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at South Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, make a trip to Quay Street, then walk around Eyre Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at My Shop... Granny Likes It.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Galway trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Liscannor to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in Galway, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ballina.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

2
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Irish Potato Famine Exhibition, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, stop by Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre, then admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary, and finally contemplate the long history of Moyne Abbey. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tir Saile, step into the grandiose world of Belleek Castle Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Gore Knox Monument, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ballina trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Ballina takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Ballina are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Ballina

Outdoors Museums Trails

Side Trips

Foxford, Moyne Abbey, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
Tir Saile ©
Tir Saile

6
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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and stroll around St Stephens Green.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dublin day trip site.

Getting from Ballina to Dublin by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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