25 days in Ireland Itinerary

25 days in Ireland Itinerary

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25 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Ballyliffin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Bus:  30​min
5
Ennis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kenmare
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Waterford
— 2 nights
Bus:  45​min
10
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
Shop till you drop at National Gallery of Ireland and The Gerard Byrne Studio. Appreciate the collections at Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. Spend the 16th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, take in the exciting artwork at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and kick back and relax at Sandycove Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip site .

Minneapolis, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Dublin due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Dublin, with highs around 48°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Ballyliffin.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Ballyliffin

Ballyliffin ©
Ballyliffin is a small village located in the North Western tip of Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland.The surrounding landscape includes Pollan Strand, Binion hill and Crockaughrim hill.HistoryLocal history of the area is covered in Charles McGlinchey's publication, ‘The Last of the Name’. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Pollan Beach, kick back and relax at Portsalon Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Mary Crowley Artist's Studio and Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Culdaff Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Art House.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ballyliffin road trip planning website .

Drive from Dublin to Ballyliffin in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Ballyliffin

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Culdaff, Portsalon Beach, Mary Crowley Artist's Studio and Gallery, The Art House Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
The Art House Art Gallery ©
The Art House Art Gallery
Portsalon Beach ©
Portsalon Beach
Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): shop like a local with Galway Crafts and Collectables, then head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, and then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle. On your second day here, stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lynch's Castle, and finally view the masterpieces at Vanda Art Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Galway online trip maker .

Drive from Ballyliffin to Galway in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Galway are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trip

Ashford Castle
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches

2
nights
Liscannor

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 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burren way, and then stop by Burren Perfumery. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, and then identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Liscannor trip site .

You can drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Ennis.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Lahinch Beach, Burren Perfumery, Poulnabrone Dolmen
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach

2
nights
Ennis

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): walk around Burren National Park, stop by Hazel Mountain Chocolates, then get engrossed in the history at The Clare Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quin Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Dromore Wood Nature Reserve, then tee off at Dromoland Castle, and then catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ennis trip itinerary builder site .

Ennis is just a short distance from Liscannor. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hazel Mountain Chocolates, Dromoland Castle, Burren National Park
Highlights from your plan
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle
Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, get a taste of the local shopping with Dingle Artworks, get a taste of the local shopping with The Carol Cronin Gallery, then look for gifts at Brian de Staic Jeweller, then take in the exciting artwork at Penny's Pottery, and finally view the masterpieces at Tig Aine.

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You can drive from Ennis to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trips

The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Inch Beach, Tig Aine, Penny's Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©

2
nights
Kenmare

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): shop like a local with Norman McCloskey Photography, get a taste of the local shopping with Blackwater Woodturners, step off the mainland to explore Garinish Island, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, and finally steep yourself in history at Stone Circle. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Derrynane Beach, then take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, and then stop by Kenmare Soap Shop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kenmare online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kenmare takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Kenmare are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, Garinish Island, Derrynane Beach
Highlights from your plan
Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach
Norman McCloskey Photography ©
Norman McCloskey Photography

2
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 1st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, then kick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Rohan Reilly Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Prey Educational Centre, view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kinsale day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Kinsale takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waterford.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Inchydoney Beach, Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Highlights from your plan
Birds of Prey Educational Centre ©
Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

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 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Kilmurrin Cove, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, then grab your bike and head to Waterford Greenway, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mayfield Birds of Prey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR, explore the galleries of Reginald's Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Palace, then shop like a local with The Irish Handmade Glass Company, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Waterford itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Waterford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Waterford are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Mayfield Birds of Prey
Highlights from your plan
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Reginald's Tower ©
Reginald's Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Rock of Cashel, view the masterpieces at National Craft Gallery, then get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at The Kilkenny Art Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park, stroll through Rothe House and Garden, then shop like a local with The Blackbird Gallery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip website .

Traveling by bus from Waterford to Kilkenny takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

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