18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Buncrana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Bunratty
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kilkenny
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  28 h
End: Sydney

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kilmainham Gaol and Guinness Storehouse are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Malahide Castle in Malahide (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Temple Bar, stroll around St Stephens Green, get your bearings at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. In January, Dublin is colder than Sydney - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Malahide Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

2
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Eunan's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Beltany Stone Circle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Buncrana Lighthouse, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Church, Buncrana, make a trip to Amazing Grace Viewing Platform, Walk and Park!, explore the historical opulence of O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross, and finally contemplate the long history of Wee House at Malin.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Buncrana journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Buncrana takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Buncrana can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Buncrana

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carrickabraghy Castle, Saint Eunan's Cathedral, Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross, St. Patrick's Church, Wee House at Malin
Highlights from your plan
St. Patrick's Church ©
St. Patrick's Church
Saint Eunan's Cathedral ©
Saint Eunan's Cathedral
Beltany Stone Circle ©
Beltany Stone Circle

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.
On the 11th (Mon), admire the striking features of Rosserk Friary, contemplate the long history of Moyne Abbey, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Newport Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aughagower Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Killala Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rathfran Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Muredach's Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind St Patrick's Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ballina online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Buncrana to Ballina in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Buncrana in January since evenings lows in Ballina dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bunratty.

Things to do in Ballina

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Killala, Newport, Aughagower Church, St Patrick's Church
Highlights from your plan
Moyne Abbey ©
Moyne Abbey
Rathfran Abbey ©
Rathfran Abbey
Killala Tower ©
Killala Tower

3
nights
Bunratty

Bunratty ©
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Killone Abbey. Change things up with these side-trips from Bunratty: Black Head (in Murroogh), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Smithstown Castle (in Kilshanny). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb and explore the ancient world of Carran Medieval Church.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bunratty trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Ballina to Bunratty in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Bunratty are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

County Clare, Carran Medieval Church, Cliffs of Moher, Black Head, Killone Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Black Head ©
Black Head
Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb ©
Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilkenny Castle and St. Iberius Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception (in Wexford), Waterford (Christ Church Cathedral, BEBHINN, & more) and St. Aidan's Cathedral (in Enniscorthy). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Ballyhack Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfane Church.

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

You can drive from Bunratty to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Wexford, Ballyhack Castle, St. Aidan's Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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