23 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

23 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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23 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carrick, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Westport, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States


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4
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.
Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Curracloe Beach in Curracloe, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol, wander the streets of Temple Bar, examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

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Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Dublin at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Curracloe Beach
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): cruise along Coast Rd, then contemplate the waterfront views at River Bush, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway. On your second day here, cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Portrush East Strand, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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

Drive from Dublin to Bushmills in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Bushmills, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carrick.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Portrush East Strand, Coast Rd
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Coast Rd ©
Coast Rd
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route

2
nights
Carrick, Ireland

Carrick ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Silver Strand Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Slieve League. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Away to Me Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations and then hike along Carrick River Walk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carrick trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Carrick takes 3 hours. July in Carrick sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Malin Beg
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach

3
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Achill Island (Keem Bay & Keel Beach). There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud, find something for the whole family at Westport House, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, and take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Westport travel planner .

Traveling by car from Carrick to Westport takes 3 hours. Traveling from Carrick in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Westport, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Achill Island
Highlights from your plan
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Keem Bay
Keem Bay

2
nights
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): head off the coast to Scattery Island, hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden, then Head underground at Aillwee Cave, and then explore the striking landscape at The Burren.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Liscannor trip planner .

You can drive from Westport to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Liscannor sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Scattery Island, Clare Coastal Walk Project, The Burren, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Aillwee Cave
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
The Burren ©
The Burren

3
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dingle is known for historic sites, wildlife, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Slea Head Drive, step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, and take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dingle trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ring of Beara (in Kenmare), Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney) and Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, trek along Beara Way, and admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Killarney trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Killarney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blarney Castle & Gardens, Ring of Beara, Beara Way, Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Beara Way ©
Beara Way
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, appreciate the views at Nore Valley Walking Route, and then identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Ferns Castle, get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at The Ice Cream Parlour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Killarney to Kilkenny by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ferns Castle, Mayfield Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey

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