25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Wicklow, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kilkenny, Ireland
— Few hours
bus:  45​min
4
Waterford, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kenmare, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Donore, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: Portland, United States

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Free Walking Tour and An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green, and make a trip to Merrion Square.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dublin online travel route planner .

Portland, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Portland in May, with highs in Dublin at 59°F and lows at 43°F. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wicklow.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
Wicklow, Ireland

Wicklow ©
Wicklow is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East Region in Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Usher Gardens as well as Powerscourt Gardens and House. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Powerscourt Gardens and House, then admire the natural beauty at Mount Usher Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Glendalough Monastic Settlement.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Wicklow online attractions planner .

You can drive from Dublin to Wicklow in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Wicklow

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Powerscourt Gardens and House ©
Powerscourt Gardens and House
Mount Usher Gardens ©
Mount Usher Gardens

few
hours
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.
You've now added Rock of Cashel to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planner .

You can drive from Wicklow to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. In May in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jack Burtchaell Waterford Walking Tours as well as Waterford Crystal. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower, then take in the local highlights with Jack Burtchaell Waterford Walking Tours, and then explore and take pictures at Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Waterford route maker tool .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Waterford in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Waterford

Tours Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

New Ross
Highlights from your plan
House Of Waterford Crystal ©
House Of Waterford Crystal
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Don & Barry's Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale. On the 28th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: gain interesting insight with Don & Barry's Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale and then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kinsale day trip website .

You can drive from Waterford to Kinsale in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Cork, Titanic Experience Cobh
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ring of Kerry. On the 30th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and then take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kenmare trip planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Kenmare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. May in Kenmare sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kenmare

Scenic Drive Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Ring of Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

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 31st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, then step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney road trip planner.

Killarney is very close to Kenmare. In May in Killarney, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Sciuird Archaeological Tours has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, then examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past with Sciuird Archaeological Tours.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle day trip site .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 4th (Mon), you're off toLiscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Conor Pass, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes ShannonFerry. On the 4th (Mon), step on board at ShannonFerry. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Liscannor trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Dingle to Liscannor in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burren National Park, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden in Kylemore (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Galway trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches

2
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway and then take in the waterfront at Ballintoy Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and finally cruise along The Dark Hedges.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bushmills vacation planner .

Drive from Galway to Bushmills in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Galway in June since evenings lows in Bushmills dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballintoy, Dunluce Castle, The Dark Hedges
Highlights from your plan
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge ©
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

1
night
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.
You've now added Belfast Famous Black Taxi Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Titanic Belfast and then get behind the scenes with Belfast Famous Black Taxi Tours.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Belfast travel planner.

You can drive from Bushmills to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daytime highs in Belfast are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Donore.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Belfast Famous Black Taxi Tours ©
Belfast Famous Black Taxi Tours

few
hours
Donore, Ireland

Donore ©
Only 2 km (1.25 mi) from World Heritage Site Bru na Boinne, the tiny village of Donore in County Meath supports a population of roughly 700 people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Newgrange as well as Bru na Boinne.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Donore journey planner.

Drive from Belfast to Donore in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Belfast in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Donore, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Donore

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Newgrange ©
Newgrange

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin
For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin online holiday planner .

Drive from Donore to Dublin in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors

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