22 days in Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Ireland Itinerary

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22 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  27​h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Wexford
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Auckland

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Your inner history buff will appreciate Glendalough Monastic Settlement and Bru na Boinne. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Trim Castle (in Trim) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty Library, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and contemplate the long history of Hill of Tara (Temair).

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Dublin trip planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Dublin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -12 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland Central in August, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Glendalough Cathedral, Hill of Tara (Temair), Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

3
nights
Westport

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 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Glassilaun Beach and then steep yourself in history at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Newport Church, stroll through Mulranny Strand, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Westport route planning website .

Drive from Dublin to Westport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Westport, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mulranny Strand, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Glassilaun Beach, Newport Church
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Mulranny Strand ©
Mulranny Strand

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.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Kilmacduagh Tower, and then explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Claregalway Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burren National Park, Kilmacduagh Tower, Claregalway Castle
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Inch Beach and Gallarus Oratory. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Great Blasket Island and Fiadh Handwoven Design. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, steep yourself in history at Irish Famine Cottages, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dingle driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ross Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, then take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, and finally don't miss a visit to Ladies' View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park and then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park

2
nights
Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Irish National Heritage Park and then enjoy the sea views from Hook Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Curracloe Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wexford online travel route planner .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Wexford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Wexford sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Hook Lighthouse, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Irish National Heritage Park, Ferns Castle, Curracloe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

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