30 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

30 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Gowran, Ireland
— 1 day
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Jenkinstown, Ireland
— 1 night
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
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Skibbereen, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Ballintoy, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, then sample the fine beverages at Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery, and finally walk around St Stephens Green. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Calgary to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Calgary in October since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Gowran.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Gowran, Ireland

— 1 day
Gowran is a town located on the eastern side of County Kilkenny, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, try to win big at Gowran Park Racecourse, and then get to know the resident critters at The National Reptile Zoo.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gowran trip builder site.

You can drive from Dublin to Gowran in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Jenkinstown.

Things to do in Gowran

Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Jenkinstown, Ireland

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hall of the Vicars Choral, get outside with Jenkinstown Wood Loop, and then have fun at Irish Fly Fishing And Game Shooting Museumu.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Jenkinstown trip itinerary builder app.

Jenkinstown is just a stone's throw from Gowran. November in Jenkinstown sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Jenkinstown

Outdoors · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Woodstock House and Gardens and then trek along The Wicklow Way.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip planner.

Kilkenny is just a short distance from Jenkinstown. November in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cork, Ireland

— 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.
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Cork City Gaol, then contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, then make a trip to Elizabeth Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork day trip app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Cork, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Ireland

— 1 night
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 8th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan), then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, and finally take a memorable drive along Comeragh Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Waterford County Museum, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings, examine the collection at Reginald's Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Bishop's Palace, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Waterford online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Waterford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Skibbereen.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Skibbereen, Ireland

— 3 nights
Skibbereen, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gougane Barra National Forest Park, then admire the natural beauty at Bantry House & Garden, and then explore the historical opulence of Three Castle Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Glengariff Woods and then stroll through Garinish Island.

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You can drive from Waterford to Skibbereen in 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Skibbereen can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Skibbereen

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Glengowla Mines. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: The Wormhole (in Inishmore), Liscannor (Hag's Head & Cliffs of Moher) and Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard). The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Galway online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Skibbereen to Galway in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Westport, Ireland

— 2 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Explore hidden gems such as Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and Walking tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Keel Beach (in Achill Island) and Keem Bay (in Dooagh). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Westport visit planning app.

Getting from Galway to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Sligo, Ireland

— 3 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Explore hidden gems such as Knocknarea and The Lough Gill Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Castle Adventure Open Farm (in Ballyshannon), Donegal Golf Club (in Donegal Town) and Cavan Burren Park (in Cavan). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Gleniff Horseshoe, head off the coast to Coney Island, and pick up some local products at Strandhill People's Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sligo trip site.

You can drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Derry, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Maiden City

Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
On the 21st (Sun), examine the collection at The Abingdon Collection, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then walk around St. Columb's Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Limitless Adventure Centre, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Augustine's Church.

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Getting from Sligo to Derry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Derry, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Belfast Botanical Gardens and Walking tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belfast: Silent Valley Mountain Park (in Kilkeel), Gleno Waterfall (in Larne) and Royal County Down Golf Club (in Newcastle). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Ulster Museum, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, hike along Blackhead Path, and see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast route planner.

Getting from Derry to Belfast by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ballintoy.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Trails

Side Trips

Ballintoy, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
On the 26th (Fri), kick back and relax at Machrihanish Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Machrihanish Seabird & Wildlife Observatory, and then take in the waterfront at Ballintoy Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Portstewart Strand - National Trust and then go for a walk through Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ballintoy tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Ballintoy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ballintoy

Outdoors · Parks · 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.

Western Ireland travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
Western Ireland overflows with quaint coastal towns, historical castles, and picturesque rocky landscapes. With big cities like Galway, Cork, and Limerick, the region has the right amount of urban flavor to balance Ireland's rugged west coast. Carpeted green fields end abruptly at the Cliffs of Moher, which draw visitors as a top tourist attraction in the region. The area's Aran Islands, a collection of three small islands, showcase the original language through many native Irish speakers.

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.