30 days in Ireland Itinerary

30 days in Ireland Itinerary

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30 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly:  5​h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Waterford
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Waterville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Clifden
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  1​h 45​min
8
Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  3​h
9
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Galway
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Bilbao

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chester Beatty Library and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol, stroll through Phoenix Park, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary planning app .

Bilbao, Spain to Dublin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bilbao in March, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Dublin

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

2
nights
Waterford

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Woodstown Strand, then admire the natural beauty at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Kilmurrin Cove.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Waterford trip planning site .

You can drive from Dublin to Waterford in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. March in Waterford sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, Woodstown Strand, Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience

3
nights
Cork

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fota Wildlife Park and Jameson Distillery Midleton. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Cobh Cathedral (in Cobh) and Kinsale (Charles Fort, Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, & more). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at The English Market, make a trip to University College Cork (UCC), explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, and head off the coast to Spike Island.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cork online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Waterford to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh Cathedral, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

3
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ladies' View and Muckross Abbey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Skyline Gallery (in Kenmare) and Glengarriff Nature Reserve (in Glengarriff). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, hike along Torc Mountain Walk, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ross Island.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Killarney holiday planning tool .

Getting from Cork to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Killarney are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Glengarriff Nature Reserve, Skyline Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Slea Head Drive and Sinead Lough Ceramics. On the 15th (Fri), hike the day away at The Dingle Way. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, stop by Kathleen McAuliffe, and get engrossed in the history at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dingle trip app .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Waterville.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dun Chaoin Pier, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Dingle Way ©
The Dingle Way

3
nights
Waterville

Waterville ©
County Kerry's picture-perfect holiday resort of Waterville is a weekend getaway once favored by Charlie Chaplin's family.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Sheeps Head Way and Ballinskelligs Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waterville: Allihies Copper Mine Trail (in Allihies), Schull (Altar Wedge Tomb & Mount Gabriel) and The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar (in Kilcrohane). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Irish Fairy Trails, steep yourself in history at The Atlantic Telegraph Waterville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cnoc na dTobar, and head off the coast to Abbey Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Waterville trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Waterville in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Waterville are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Waterville

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kilcrohane, Schull, Caherdaniel, Allihies Copper Mine Trail, Ballinskelligs Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Sheeps Head Way ©
The Sheeps Head Way
Abbey Island ©
Abbey Island
Allihies Copper Mine Trail ©
Allihies Copper Mine Trail

3
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sky Rd and Omey Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Clifden: Westport (The Great Western Greenway & Atlantic Drive on Achill Island). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, look for gifts at Connemara Blue, experience rural life at DK Connemara Oysters Ltd, and stroll through Aillebrack Green Coast Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Clifden trip planning site .

You can drive from Waterville to Clifden in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Westport, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, DK Connemara Oysters, Omey Island
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa, then make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, and finally delve into the distant past at Dun Eochla.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Inishmore online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Clifden to Inishmore takes 2 hours. In March in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Inishmore

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eochla ©
Dun Eochla

2
nights
Achill Island

Achill Island
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, take in the exciting artwork at Ronan Halpin Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Achill Heritage Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Achill Secret Garden, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Sli Grainne Mhaol. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Alt na Croi Pottery, then explore the activities along Keem Bay, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Achill Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Inishmore to Achill Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In March, daytime highs in Achill Island are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones ©
Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quay Street and Wild Atlantic Way. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Liscannor (Cliffs of Moher & Hag's Head), Doolin Cave (in Doolin) and Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden (in Lisdoonvarna). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, enjoy some diversion at Lough Bo Shooting Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, and explore the ancient world of Tyrone House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galway holiday maker app .

Getting from Achill Island to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Liscannor, Jacks Old Cottage, Arigna Mining Experience, Doolin Cave, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge.
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

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