28 days in Ireland Itinerary

28 days in Ireland Itinerary

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28 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Cork
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Castletownbere
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Clifden
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rock of Cashel and Fota Wildlife Park. You'll explore and learn at Cork City Gaol and Brigid Shelly Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Titanic Experience Cobh (in Cobh), Ardmore (Ballyquin Beach & Ardmore Pottery & Gallery) and Kinsale (Old Head Golf Links, Giles Norman Photography Gallery, & more). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at The English Market, look for gifts at Tregan Craft Centre, step into the grandiose world of Cahir Castle, and make a trip to Collegiate Church Of St. Mary.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cork driving holiday planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cork is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Cork at 10°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinsale, Ardmore, Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Collegiate Church Of St. Mary ©
Collegiate Church Of St. Mary
Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links

5
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gap of Dunloe and Ross Castle. For shopping fun, head to Kenmare Soap Shop or Skyline Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Kenmare (Spas & Wellness & Norman McCloskey Photography). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, get a taste of the local shopping with Peter Cox Photography Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and make a trip to Ladies' View.

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You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kenmare
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St. Mary's Church of Ireland ©
St. Mary's Church of Ireland

5
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Carol Cronin Gallery and Penny's Pottery. You'll explore and learn at Fiadh Handwoven Design and Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wine Strand Beach, look for gifts at Kathleen McAuliffe, and get a taste of the local shopping with John Weldon Jewellers.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Castletownbere.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula, Penny's Pottery, Inch Beach, Wine Strand Beach
Highlights from your plan
St.James Church ©
St.James Church
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Coumeenoole Beach ©
Coumeenoole Beach

1
night
Castletownbere

Castletownbere ©
On the 25th (Tue), stroll through Ballinskelligs Beach and then cruise along Ring of Kerry.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Castletownbere day trip site .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Castletownbere takes 3 hours. December in Castletownbere sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Castletownbere

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar, Ballinskelligs Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry
The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar ©

4
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Attractions like Coral Beach and Renvyle Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Do your shopping at O`Dalaigh Jewellers and Clifden Bookshop. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park, stop by Hehirs Of Clifden, make a trip to Sky Rd, and stroll through Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Clifden attractions site .

You can drive from Castletownbere to Clifden in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Renvyle Beach, Cottage Handcrafts, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin), Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
O`Dalaigh Jewellers ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)
Cottage Handcrafts ©
Cottage Handcrafts

2
nights
Achill Island

Achill Island ©
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Achill Heritage Centre, kick back and relax at Keel Beach, then stop by Alt na Croi Pottery, then take in the exciting artwork at Ronan Halpin Gallery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Achill Island online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Clifden to Achill Island in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Achill Island can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones ©
Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones
Achill Heritage Centre ©
Achill Heritage Centre

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.
Attractions like Grafton Street and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Chester Beatty Library and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Bru na Boinne in Donore (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral, appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures, take an in-depth tour of Pearse Museum, and take in the views from Ha'penny Bridge.

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You can drive from Achill Island to Dublin in 4 hours. In January in Dublin, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Pearse Museum ©
Pearse Museum

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