20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Great Falls
Fly:  22​h
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Limerick
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Cork
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Great Falls

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wicklow Mountains National Park and Trim Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Glendalough Monastic Settlement and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. When in Dublin, make a side trip to see Powerscourt Gardens and House in Enniskerry, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Malahide Castle, steep yourself in history at Hill of Tara (Temair), admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church, and appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculpture.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin online itinerary creator.

Great Falls, USA to Dublin is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Great Falls to Dublin, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Great Falls in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dublin, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vale of Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Malahide Castle, Hill of Tara (Temair), Trim Castle
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Hill of Tara (Temair) ©
Hill of Tara (Temair)
St. Michan's Church ©
St. Michan's Church

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Irish National Heritage Park and Curracloe Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hook Lighthouse and Loftus Hall. Venture out of the city with trips to Cashel (Hore Abbey & Rock of Cashel), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Aidan's Cathedral, and explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip builder.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Cashel, Cahir Castle, Hook Lighthouse, Loftus Hall
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

4
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
King John's Castle and Salthill Promenade will appeal to history buffs. Galway Cathedral and Poulnabrone Dolmen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Limerick: Quay Street (in Galway), Lahinch Beach (in Lahinch) and Hag's Head (in Liscannor). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, explore the striking landscape at Flaggy Shore, step into the grandiose world of Dromoland Castle, and explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Limerick vacation planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Limerick in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Limerick sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Galway, County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Hag's Head, Lahinch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Escape the urban bustle at Inch Beach and Coumeenoole Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Gallarus Oratory and Great Blasket Island. Explore Dingle's surroundings by going to Killarney (Ladies' View & Muckross Abbey). Spend a day of island exploring on the 16th (Mon) at Skellig Michael. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St James' Church and examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Dingle trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Dingle sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Inch Beach, Skellig Michael
Highlights from your plan
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

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.
On the 18th (Wed), browse the exhibits of Cork City Gaol, then kick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Cobh Heritage Centre, and finally examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Cork takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort, Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

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