22 days in Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Ireland Itinerary

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22 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  27​h
1
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ballyvaughan
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 45​min
5
Inishmore
— 1 night
+2
ferry + taxi + train:  5​h
6
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Kilkenny Castle and Ferns Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jerpoint Abbey and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: New Ross (New Ross Books & Kennedy Homestead), Tintern Abbey (in Wexford) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Hook Lighthouse, examine the collection at Reginald's Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Friary, and steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park.

Before you visit Kilkenny, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Sydney, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in August since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Enniscorthy, New Ross, Tintern Abbey, Ballyhack Castle
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

3
nights
Kinsale

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.
On the 6th (Tue), look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, then look for gifts at Kinsale Silver, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery, stop by Aunty Nellie's Sweet Shop Kinsale, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally hunt for treasures at The English Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kinsale driving holiday planner .

Drive from Kilkenny to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cork, Titanic Experience Cobh
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Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Popular historic sites such as Great Blasket Island and St.James Church are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at The Carol Cronin Gallery and Celtic and Prehistoric Museum. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Dingle Crystal, get a taste of the local shopping with John Weldon Jewellers, explore the wide array of goods at Strand House Cafe, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle online vacation planner .

Drive from Kinsale to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Dingle

Shopping Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ventry, Dingle Peninsula, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Highlights from your plan
Dingle Crystal ©
Dingle Crystal
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

3
nights
Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan ©
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Burren Perfumery and Sceal Eile Books. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Poulnabrone Dolmen. Get out of town with these interesting Ballyvaughan side-trips: Galway (OMG Zhivago, Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, & more), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and The Celtic T Shirt Shop (in Lahinch). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ballyvaughan trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Dingle to Ballyvaughan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Galway, The Celtic T Shirt Shop, Burren National Park, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Cliffs of Moher
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Poulnabrone Dolmen ©
Poulnabrone Dolmen
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop ©
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Inishmore trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Ballyvaughan to Inishmore in 2 hours. August in Inishmore sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grafton Street and James Joyce Cultural Centre. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Writers Museum. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dublin online trip maker .

You can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train from Inishmore to Dublin in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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