29 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

29 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Cork, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Westport, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Cork, Ireland

— 4 nights

Rebel City

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Birds of Prey Educational Centre and Tramore Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Camden Fort Meagher and Dungarvan Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Dunmore Adventure (in Dunmore East), Mitchelstown Cave (in Burncourt) and Knockmealdown Mountains (in Clogheen). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Leahys Open Farm, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Well, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cork day trip planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Cork is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Cork is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cork: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 6 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
St. Mary's Cathedral and Ardfert Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kerry Cliffs and Gleninchaquin Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Tralee (Tralee Golf Club, Banna Strand, &more), Ballybunion Golf Club (in Ballybunion) and Listowel Castle (in Listowel). And it doesn't end there: hike along Old Kenmare Road, identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, enjoy the sand and surf at Barleycove Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Torc Mountain Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Killarney journey planning site.

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Killarney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dingle, Ireland

— 4 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Get some historical perspective at Minard Castle and Riasc. Explore hidden gems such as Skellig Ring Scenic Drive and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Dingle side-trips: Dursey Island (in Crookhaven) and Castlegregory (Castlegregory Golf Links & Glanteenassig Wood). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Wine Strand Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Glenteenassig Forest Park, identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, and tee off at Ceann Sibeal (Dingle) Golf Club.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dingle day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 6 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Visit National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock and Quin Abbey for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Lahinch Beach and Salthill Beaches. Venture out of the city with trips to Clare Coastal Walk Project (in Doolin), Liscannor (Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park, Hag's Head, &more) and Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe (in Kinvara). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Glendeer Pet Farm, tee off at Lahinch Golf Club, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, and get your game on at Turoe Pet Farm & Leisure Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dingle in July, Galway is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Westport, Ireland

— 5 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Keel Beach and Glassilaun Beach. Popular historic sites such as The Lost Valley and Drumcliffe Church are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Adventure Gently (in Dromahair), Parke's Castle (in Leitrim) and Sligo (Tobernalt Holy Well, Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney, &more). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Carne Golf Links, stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, delve into the distant past at Belleek Castle Museum, and get all the information you need at Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Westport online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Portrush.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Portrush, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Visit Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House and Rinnagree Coastal Park for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Ballycastle Beach and Coast Rd. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portrush: Murlough Bay and Fair Head (in Ballycastle), Derry (St. Augustine's Church & St. Columb's Cathedral) and Ballygally Beach (in Ballygally). The adventure continues: stroll through White Park Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Downhill Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Goldrush Entertainment Centre, and tee off at Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Portrush trip planning site.

Getting from Westport to Portrush by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Westport in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Portrush. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portrush

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.