31 days in Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Ireland Itinerary

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31 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Ardara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Clifden
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cork
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Ardara

Ardara ©
Ardara, pronounced "Ardra", is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. For shopping fun, head to Slieve League Cultural Centre or Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop. Step off the beaten path and head to Slieve League and Silver Strand Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ardara: Rossnowlagh Beach (in Rossnowlagh) and Carrickfin Strand (in Annagry). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Narin Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Glengesh Pass.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ardara trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Ardara is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Ardara due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Toronto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ardara, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Ardara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rossnowlagh Beach, Slieve League, Narin Beach, Silver Strand Beach, Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach
Rossnowlagh Beach ©
Rossnowlagh Beach

4
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sky Rd and Coral Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Dog's Bay Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Whitethorn Gallery, shop like a local with Roundstone Ceramics, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Clifden travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Ardara to Clifden in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Roundstone, Kylemore, Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio, Renvyle Beach, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)
Highlights from your plan
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

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.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and National Museum of Ireland - Country Life are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Great Western Greenway and Salthill Promenade. Venture out of the city with trips to Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Lahinch Beach (in Lahinch). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway route planning tool .

You can drive from Clifden to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Galway sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lahinch Beach, The Great Western Greenway, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Tyrone House, King John's Castle
Highlights from your plan
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Get some historical perspective at Gallarus Oratory and Great Blasket Island. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Great Blasket Centre and Island and The Carol Cronin Gallery. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Sat) at Skellig Michael. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle route planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Dingle, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Skellig Michael, Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey. Escape the urban bustle at Killarney National Park and Ring of Kerry. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare), The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar (in Kilcrohane) and Mill Cove Gallery (in Castletownbere). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barleycove Beach, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and admire the verdant scenery at The Black Valley.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Killarney journey planning site .

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

County Kerry, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar, Barleycove Beach, Kealkill Megalithic Stone Circle and Standing Stones
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Charles Fort and Cork City Gaol are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cobh Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty) and Rohan Reilly Photography (in Kinsale). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, meet the residents at Fota Wildlife Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church, and admire the striking features of St Fin Barre's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cork trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kinsale, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Cobh Cathedral, Fota Wildlife Park, Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Friary, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, shop like a local with The Blackbird Gallery, then look for gifts at Smithwick's Retail Store, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, explore the world behind art at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, then get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Bishop's Palace, and finally examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny itinerary builder .

Getting from Cork to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center
Highlights from your plan
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bru na Boinne and Kilmainham Gaol. Appreciate the collections at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Dublin Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village) and Glendalough Monastic Settlement (in Vale of Glendalough). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Temple Bar, take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dublin day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dublin when traveling from Kilkenny in May, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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