29 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

29 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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29 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
3
Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Blarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Limerick, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Dallas, United States


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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Bru na Boinne. Your inner history buff will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: The Mill at Avoca Village (in Avoca), Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Newgrange (in Donore). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glendalough Cathedral, make a trip to St. Michan's Church, and pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dublin day trip planning tool .

Dallas, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dallas to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in August, things will get colder in Dublin: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Donore, Trim Castle, Glendalough Cathedral, Hill of Tara (Temair), The Mill at Avoca Village
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

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.
On the 31st (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Duiske Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Ferns Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Huntington Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny journey maker tool .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Duiske Abbey, Huntington Castle, Rock of Cashel, Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

2
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, then take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aidan's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Ormond Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Dungarvan Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Waterford day trip site .

Getting from Kilkenny to Waterford by bus takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ormond Castle, Dungarvan Castle, The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception, St. Aidan's Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Edmund Rice Heritage Centre ©
Edmund Rice Heritage Centre
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Ormond Castle ©
Ormond Castle

3
nights
Cork, Ireland

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 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Timoleague Franciscan Friary. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiate Church Of St. Mary, don't miss a visit to Youghal Clock Gate Tower, then contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher, then get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cork trip app .

Getting from Waterford to Cork by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. September in Cork sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Blarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kinsale, Youghal, Timoleague Franciscan Friary
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

3
nights
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Blarney Castle & Gardens and St. John's Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blarney Stone and Church of Ireland Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blarney: St. Colman's Church (in Macroom), Castledonovan (in Drimoleague) and Abbeystrewry Graveyard (in Skibbereen). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Lombard’s Castle, make a trip to Lime Kiln, look for all kinds of wild species at Doneraile Wildlife Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ballybeg Priory.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Blarney driving holiday site .

Blarney is very close to Cork. In September, daily temperatures in Blarney can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Buttevant, County Cork, Mallow, Doneraile Wildlife Park, St. Colman's Church
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Kilcrea Castle ©
Kilcrea Castle
Ballinacarriga Castle ©
Ballinacarriga Castle

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 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Innisfallen Island, and then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Cross Church and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Killarney itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Blarney to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Holy Cross Church
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Innisfallen Island ©
Innisfallen Island

2
nights
Limerick, Ireland

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 11th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Limerick Museum and then steep yourself in history at Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph's Church, explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, make a trip to Saint Munchin's Catholic Church, then pause for some photo ops at The Treaty Stone, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Limerick trip planner .

Take a bus from Killarney to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, Desmond Castle
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral
Redemptorist Church ©
Redemptorist Church

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galway Cathedral and Portumna Castle. Popular historic sites such as Salthill Promenade and National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard), Gort (Kilmacduagh Tower & Coole Park Nature Reserve) and The Irish Workhouse Centre (in Portumna). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Belleek Castle Museum, see the interesting displays at Jackie Clarke Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, and get to know the fascinating history of Kirwan's Lane.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Galway trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Limerick to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Galway, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gort, Ballina, Cong, Portumna, Michael Davitt Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

2
nights
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glenveagh Castle and Famine Graveyard. Get some cultural insight at Donegal Castle and Doe Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Clocha na hEireann (in Glencolmcille), Letterkenny (Saint Eunan's Cathedral & Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection) and Poison Glen (in Gweedore). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Deserted Village of Port, make a trip to Lough Eske, explore the ancient world of Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey), and stop by Magee Clothing.

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

Traveling by car from Galway to Donegal Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Galway in September since evenings lows in Donegal Town dip to 54°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Letterkenny, Poison Glen, Doe Castle, Clocha na hEireann
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle
Doe Castle ©
Doe Castle

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like HMS Caroline and Titanic Belfast. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castle Ward and Cathedral Quarter. Change things up with these side-trips from Belfast: The Abingdon Collection (in Omagh) and Mussenden Temple (in Castlerock). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Carrickfergus Castle, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Malachy's Church, and admire the striking features of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Belfast trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Donegal Town to Belfast in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mussenden Temple, Hillsborough Castle, Scrabo Tower, The Abingdon Collection, Carrickfergus Castle
Highlights from your plan
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
Castle Ward ©
Castle Ward
Carrickfergus Castle ©
Carrickfergus Castle

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