29 days in Ireland Itinerary

29 days in Ireland Itinerary

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29 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Ballina
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ventry
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kinsale
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

4
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ballina: Achill Island (Deserted Village & Keem Bay), Slieve League (in Carrick) and Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ceide Fields, wander the wide-open spaces of Jacks Old Cottage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosserk Friary, and get in on the family fun at Westport House.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ballina online journey builder .

You can drive from Dublin to Ballina in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ballina are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Westport, Achill Island, Jacks Old Cottage, Michael Davitt Museum, Downpatrick Head
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Burren National Park (in Corofin), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and The Woollen Market (in Ennis). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bohermore’s Victorian Cemetery, and explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Galway trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Ballina to Galway in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ventry.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Cliffs of Moher, Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, The Woollen Market, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

4
nights
Ventry

Ventry ©
Ventry, an anglicization of Fionntrá, is a Gaeltacht village in County Kerry, Ireland. Ventry is known for museums, wildlife, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Slea Head Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, head off the coast to Skellig Michael, and look for gifts at Brian de Staic Jeweller.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ventry trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Galway to Ventry takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Ventry

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm & Ring of Beara) and Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Norman McCloskey Photography, steep yourself in history at Cromwell's Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney holiday planning tool .

Drive from Ventry to Killarney in 1.5 hours. November in Killarney sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kenmare, Blarney Castle & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kinsale side-trips: Cobh (Old Church Cemetery, St Colman’s Cathedral, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, and look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kinsale trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Kinsale takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Kinsale sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites Parks Golf

Side Trip

Cobh
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum
Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance ©

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.
On the 10th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey. On your second day here, stop by Smithwick's Retail Store, take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny road trip site .

You can drive from Kinsale to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

King of the Vikings VR
Highlights from your plan
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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