31 days in Ireland, County Down & County Antrim Itinerary

31 days in Ireland, County Down & County Antrim Itinerary

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31 days in Ireland, County Down & County Antrim Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Enniskerry, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Newcastle, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Westport, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Bunratty, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Blarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Enniskerry, Ireland

Enniskerry ©
A picturesque village in County Wicklow, Enniskerry sits along the Glencullen River.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House, take in the dramatic scenery at Powerscourt Waterfall, then explore the world behind art at Russborough House, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Bray Head. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wicklow Mountains National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Enniskerry online sightseeing planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Enniskerry is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Enniskerry due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July; daily highs in Enniskerry reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Enniskerry

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bray Head, Russborough House, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Powerscourt Gardens and House ©
Powerscourt Gardens and House
Russborough House ©
Russborough House
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park

1
night
Newcastle, United Kingdom

Newcastle ©
On the 4th (Wed), tee off at Royal County Down Golf Club.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Newcastle trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Enniskerry to Newcastle in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Royal County Down Golf Club ©
Royal County Down Golf Club

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Giant's Causeway, admire the sheer force of Dunseverick Falls, and then snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Robert Quigg Sculpture, and then take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route.

Start your trip to Bushmills by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Bushmills takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle
Highlights from your plan
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge ©
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

2
nights
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knocknarea, and then make a trip to County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Society.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sligo road trip tool .

Getting from Bushmills to Sligo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

1
night
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Donegal Castle, then stop by Eddie Doherty Tweed, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Slieve League. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Eunan's Cathedral and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tropical World.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Donegal Town trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Sligo to Donegal Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Letterkenny, Slieve League, Eddie Doherty Tweed
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Tropical World ©
Tropical World

3
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Change things up with a short trip to Downpatrick Head in Ballycastle (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: stroll through Drummindoo Stud, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, find something for the whole family at Westport House, and admire the striking features of Newport Railway Viaduct.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Westport trip builder site .

You can drive from Donegal Town to Westport in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Westport when traveling from Donegal Town in July, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Newport Railway Viaduct, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Downpatrick Head, Ceide Fields
Highlights from your plan
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Westport House ©
Westport House

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Galway is known for nightlife, historic sites, nature, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life Commemorative Garden.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Galway holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

2
nights
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at The Burren.

To find out how to plan a trip to Liscannor, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Liscannor sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bunratty.

Things to do in Liscannor

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Burren National Park, Aillwee Cave
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

3
nights
Bunratty, Ireland

Bunratty ©
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, take an in-depth tour of Craggaunowen, then steep yourself in history at Knappogue Castle, and finally delve into the distant past at Mooghaun Hill Fort. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle, ride a horse along Ballyhannon House, then pause for some photo ops at Daniel O'Connell Monument, and finally admire the striking features of Ennis Friary.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bunratty journey planner .

Getting from Liscannor to Bunratty by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ennis, County Clare, Dromoland Castle, Craggaunowen
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Craggaunowen ©
Craggaunowen
Ennis Friary ©
Ennis Friary

4
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Spend a day of island exploring on the 23rd (Mon) at Skellig Michael. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Brian de Staic Jeweller, pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, get interesting insight from Tours, and head off the coast to Great Blasket Island.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dingle trip planner .

You can drive from Bunratty to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Dingle, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Skellig Michael, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Take a break from Killarney with a short trip to Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm in Kenmare, about 52 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, make a trip to Ladies' View, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Killarney online day trip planner .

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Killarney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Blarney.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

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nights
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobh (Titanic Experience Cobh & Tregan Craft Centre), Fota Wildlife Park (in Cork) and Kinsale (Charles Fort, Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, hunt for treasures at The English Market, make a trip to University College Cork (UCC), and take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Blarney road trip app .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Blarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. July in Blarney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Blarney

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cobh, Cork, Kinsale, Fota Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

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