24 days in Ireland Itinerary

24 days in Ireland Itinerary

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24 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Adare
1
Adare
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Bus:  45​min
3
Cork
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Waterford
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Adare

7
nights
Adare

Adare ©
Adare is a small town in County Limerick, Ireland, located south-west of the city of Limerick. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Dromoland Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Castlefergus Equestrian and Animal Magic. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adare: The Donkey Sanctuary (in Mallow), Killone Abbey (in Ennis) and Buttevant Friary (in Buttevant). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Foynes Flying Boat Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom - Griston Bog, steep yourself in history at Askeaton Friary, and get engrossed in the history at The North Kerry Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Adare day trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Shannon Airport and Cork Airport. In May in Adare, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Adare

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballybunion, Bruff, Ennis, Kilfinane, Askeaton
Highlights from your plan
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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 27th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Inchydoney Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Timoleague Franciscan Friary, then get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Charles Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, stop by Koko, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery Kinsale, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale trip builder .

You can drive from Adare to Kinsale in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Cork.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Clonakilty, Timoleague Franciscan Friary
Highlights from your plan
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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 29th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol and then stop by Blarney Chocolate Factory. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cork vacation planner .

You can take a bus from Kinsale to Cork in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Ardmore, Titanic Experience Cobh
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

2
nights
Waterford

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then contemplate the long history of Reginald's Tower, then admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey. Keep things going the next day: stop by Criostal na Rinne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Waterford itinerary app .

Take a bus from Cork to Waterford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Mayfield Birds of Prey, Criostal na Rinne
Highlights from your plan
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

3
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Fiadh Woven Design, explore the galleries of The Carol Cronin Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ventry Beach, take an in-depth tour of Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, take in the exciting artwork at Dingle Artworks, then see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Greenlane Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dingle tour planner .

Getting from Waterford to Dingle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Westport.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ventry, Glanteenassig Wood
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows ©
Greenlane Gallery ©
Greenlane Gallery

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Michael Davitt Museum and Walking tours. Visiting Belleek Castle Museum and Clew Bay Archaeological Trail will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: The Lost Valley (in Silver Strand) and Silver Strand (in Louisburgh). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, pause for some photo ops at St. Patrick Statue, view the masterpieces at The Quay Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Clew Bay Heritage Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Westport trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Westport takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Louisburgh, Belleek Castle Museum, Michael Davitt Museum, Ballintubber Abbey
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum

3
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 9th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Glengowla Mines, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, then identify plant and animal life at Curraghduff Farm, then stop by Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway journey maker website .

You can drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Oughterard, Monk's Fishing House, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk