29 days in Ireland Itinerary

29 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Dingle
— 2 nights
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Limerick
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Westport
— 3 nights
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Dublin
— 7 nights
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Kilkenny

— 3 nights

Marble City

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.
Get outdoors at Curracloe Beach and Seal Rescue Ireland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Royal Oak Distillery (in Carlow) and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan). There's still lots to do: stroll around Castlecomer Discovery Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny holiday maker site.

Manama, Bahrain to Kilkenny is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Kilkenny is minus 3 hours. In December, Kilkenny is cooler than Manama - with highs of 11°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterford

— 2 nights
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 16th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan), grab your bike and head to Waterford Greenway, then stroll through Mayfield Birds of Prey, and finally get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Ring of Hook, then explore the world behind art at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, then admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Waterford online travel planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Cork

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfaughnabeg Christ Church, then take a tour by water with Eire Bass, and then play a few rounds at Cobh Golf Club. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Birds of Prey Educational Centre, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cork travel planner.

Getting from Waterford to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Gougane Barra National Forest Park. Take a break from Killarney with a short trip to Lorge Chocolatier in Kenmare, about 50 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Killarney Falconry, view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and cruise along Ring of Kerry.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Killarney route planning app.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Killarney, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): cruise along Dingle Peninsula, then kick back and relax at Inch Beach, then don't miss a visit to Fahan BeeHive Huts, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach, then stroll through Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Dingle using our trip planner.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Dingle are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Limerick

— 2 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, have fun at Castlefergus Equestrian, and then see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Animal Magic, and then walk around Adare Park.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Limerick online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Galway

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ireland's School of Falconry and Burren National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: The Farmyard (in Corofin), Ballyvaughan (Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre) and Kinvara Harbour (in Kinvara). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, and examine the collection at The Quiet Man Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Limerick in December, you will find days in Galway are a bit cooler (8°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Westport

— 3 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Get in touch with nature at Keem Bay and Mulranny Saltmarsh. Step out of Westport with an excursion to Scubadive West in Renvyle--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, stop by Parade, ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Westport road trip tool.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Dublin

— 7 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Paddocks Riding Centre. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, stroll around Phoenix Park, contemplate the long history of Dublin Castle, and don't miss a visit to Merrion Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Westport to Dublin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Ireland travel guide

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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.