19 days in Ireland Itinerary

19 days in Ireland Itinerary

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19 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sligo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Brussels

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online tour itinerary planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Kilkenny is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Kilkenny. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for slightly colder days in Kilkenny, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
nights
Cork

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): hunt for treasures at The English Market, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Charles Fort. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, then step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ballycotton Cliff Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cork travel planning tool .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Charles Fort
Highlights from your plan
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step out of the city life by going to Gap of Dunloe and Garinish Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Torc Waterfall and Climbing Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare), Skelligs Chocolate Co. (in Ballinskelligs) and The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre (in Valentia Island). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, explore the different monuments and memorials at St. John's Cemetery, cruise along Ring of Kerry, and explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Killarney planning website .

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry, Skelligs Chocolate Co., The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Highlights from your plan
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and then cruise along Slea Head Drive. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Great Blasket Island, then take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dingle trip planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 10th (Mon), stop by Adare's Old Creamery Gift Co., step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, admire the masterpieces at Hunt Museum, step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Anne Fitzgerald's Gallery.

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Drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Adare's Old Creamery Gift Co.
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral

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.
Galway Cathedral and Athlone Castle Visitor Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Wild Atlantic Way and Clonmacnoise. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Burren Perfumery (in Carran), Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan) and Birr Castle Gardens (in Birr). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Galway visit planner .

Getting from Limerick to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

County Offaly, Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Doolin Cave, Burren Perfumery, Tyrone House
Highlights from your plan
Birr Castle Gardens ©
Birr Castle Gardens
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and finally view the masterpieces at The Yellow Lady Design Centre. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Croagh Patrick, admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then view the masterpieces at Lavelle Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and finally steep yourself in history at Jacks Old Cottage.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Westport are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Castlebar, Lavelle Art Gallery, The Yellow Lady Design Centre, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

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.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Eagles Flying, and finally view the masterpieces at The Castle Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Glencar Waterfall, step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, then go deep underground at Arigna Mining Experience, and finally stroll around Lough Key Forest and Activity Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sligo travel route app .

You can drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Eagles Flying, Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Donegal Castle, Glencar Waterfall, Arigna Mining Experience
Highlights from your plan
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Eagles Flying ©
Eagles Flying
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Malahide Castle, take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, contemplate the long history of Hill of Tara (Temair), explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle, then steep yourself in history at Powerscourt Gardens and House, and finally see the interesting displays at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dublin online holiday planner .

Drive from Sligo to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne, Hill of Tara (Temair), Powerscourt Gardens and House, Malahide Castle
Highlights from your plan
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

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