21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  27​h
1
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Dublin
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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 5th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the exciting artwork at The Blackbird Gallery, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then explore the galleries of Rothe House and Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, and finally learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): tee off at Mount Juliet Estate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then get engrossed in the history at Bishop's Palace, and finally examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny day trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, Kilkenny is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Waterford
Highlights from your plan
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
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 7th (Wed): head off the coast to Spike Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then meet the residents at Fota Wildlife Park, and then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

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Getting from Kilkenny to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Cork sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh Cathedral, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Ross Castle. Step out of the city life by going to Ring of Kerry and Climbing Tours. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, get great views at Moll's Gap, and make a trip to Ladies' View.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney travel planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): cruise along Slea Head Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dingle trip planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Dingle, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sky Rd, then look for gifts at Cottage Handcrafts, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gothic Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, kick back and relax at Dog's Bay Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mannin Bay Blueway.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Clifden trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Dingle to Clifden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kylemore, Dog's Bay Beach, Cottage Handcrafts
Highlights from your plan
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and then take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, explore the activities along Galway Bay, and then don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Galway route planner.

Getting from Clifden to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Galway are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Burren National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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.
Wicklow Mountains National Park and Temple Bar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Bru na Boinne and Saint Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry), Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Trim Castle (in Trim). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, stop by Cleo Knitwear, take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and steep yourself in history at Dublin Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Dublin sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Malahide Castle, Hill of Tara (Temair), Ward River Valley Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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