21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Helena
Drive + Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Limerick
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Cork
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  26 h
End: Helena

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.
Visiting Brittas Bay and Portmarnock Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Glendalough Monastic Settlement and Kilmainham Gaol. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Enniskerry to see Powerscourt Gardens and House about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Temple Bar, ponder the world of politics at General Post Office (GPO), appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculpture, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dublin trip generator.

Helena, USA to Dublin is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Helena to Dublin is 7 hours. Traveling from Helena in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Dublin, with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Brittas Bay, Portmarnock Beach, Glendalough Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and The Black Abbey. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hook Lighthouse and Ferns Castle. Go for a jaunt from Kilkenny to Curracloe to see Curracloe Beach about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, and tee off at Mount Juliet Estate.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny tour planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ferns Castle, Curracloe Beach, Hook Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Galway Cathedral and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Your inner history buff will appreciate Aughnanure Castle and Riverside Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Renvyle Beach (in Renvyle), Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane) and Joyce Country Sheepdogs (in Shanafaraghaun). Spend the 7th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hillwalk Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Galway, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Killary Sheep Farm, Aughnanure Castle, Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Renvyle Beach, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

2
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): trek along Ballyhoura Walking Trails and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Askeaton Friary, explore the historical opulence of Desmond Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Cross Abbey, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Limerick vacation builder.

You can drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Limerick are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Askeaton Friary, Holycross Abbey, Desmond Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Askeaton Friary ©
Askeaton Friary
Holycross Abbey ©
Holycross Abbey

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Derrynane Beach and Garnish Island. Get some cultural insight at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms and St. Mary's Cathedral. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Staigue Fort (in Castlecove) and Barleycove Beach (in Schull). Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney vacation trip planner.

Drive from Limerick to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garinish Island, Derrynane Beach, Barleycove Beach, Staigue Fort
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally steep yourself in history at James Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Michael Collins Centre, then explore the ancient world of Drombeg Stone Circle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cork trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Clonakilty, Kinsale, Drombeg Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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