21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kenmare, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Westport, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

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nights
Dublin, Ireland

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Bru na Boinne. Guinness Storehouse and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church, take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin online tour planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

1
night
Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, admire the masterpieces at Butler Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip planner.

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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nights
Waterford, Ireland

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aidan's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind John Condon Memorial, then take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bishop's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at William Vincent Wallace Plaza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at The Irish Handmade Glass Company, then see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Edmund Rice Heritage Centre.

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Take a bus from Kilkenny to Waterford in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Aidan's Cathedral, Mayfield Birds of Prey, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center
Highlights from your plan
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Reginald's Tower ©
Reginald's Tower

2
nights
Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Inchydoney Beach and Old Head Golf Links. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Charles Fort and St Multose Church. Take a break from Kinsale with a short trip to Old Church Cemetery in Cobh, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of James Fort, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, shop like a local with The Gallery Kinsale, and take in the exciting artwork at Rohan Reilly Photography.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kinsale online road trip planner .

Getting from Waterford to Kinsale by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kinsale are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Old Church Cemetery, Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links

1
night
Kenmare, Ireland

Kenmare ©
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Way the Fairies Went, delve into the distant past at Uragh Stone Circle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, then stop by Lorge Chocolatier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Stone Circle.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kenmare travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Kinsale to Kenmare in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kenmare

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

The Way the Fairies Went, Uragh Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
Uragh Stone Circle ©
Uragh Stone Circle
Stone Circle ©
Stone Circle

3
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
For shopping fun, head to Fiadh Woven Design or The Carol Cronin Gallery. Visit Skellig Michael and Gallarus Oratory for their historical value. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Inch Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, head outdoors with Slea Head Drive, and see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

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

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Dingle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Galway Cathedral and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. The Irish Workhouse Centre and Glengowla Mines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard) and Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong). There's much more to do: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, take in the exciting artwork at Lynch's Castle, explore the historical opulence of Oranmore Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Galway trip planning tool .

Getting from Dingle to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Galway are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Oughterard, The Irish Workhouse Centre, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Royal Abbey of Cong
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church ©
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

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night
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at St. Patrick Statue.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Westport day trip planning website .

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Westport

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Westport House ©
Westport House

1
night
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Derry attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Derry takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Derry sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 49°F at night. You will leave for Portrush on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Derry

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

1
night
Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mussenden Temple, steep yourself in history at Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, enjoy the sand and surf at Portrush West Strand, then explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, and finally kick back and relax at Portrush East Strand.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Portrush trip planner .

You can drive from Derry to Portrush in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Portrush, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Portrush

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Highlights from your plan
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House ©
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand

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Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Visit Inch Abbey and Scrabo Tower for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ulster Museum and Down County Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Northern Ireland War Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Patricks Church, admire the landmark architecture of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, and take in the exciting artwork at Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip planner .

You can drive from Portrush to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Downpatrick, Scrabo Tower
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Scrabo Tower ©
Scrabo Tower
Inch Abbey ©
Inch Abbey

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