31 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

31 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

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31 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Kingscourt, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3 h
9
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  24 h 30 min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bodenstown Graveyard, Arbour Hill Cemetery, Temple Bar, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glendalough Cathedral and Bru na Boinne. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: The Mill at Avoca Village (in Avoca) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, don't miss a visit to The Spire, get a sense of history and politics at An Post General Post Office, and stroll around St Stephens Green.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Dublin is minus 10 hours. In December, Dublin is colder than Sydney - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bodenstown Graveyard, The Mill at Avoca Village, Bru na Boinne, Malahide Castle, Glendalough Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

3
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Athassel Abbey, Rock of Cashel, Dunmore Cave, and other attractions you added. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jerpoint Abbey and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilkenny Castle and Black Abbey. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny travel planning website .

Take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, County Kilkenny, Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kinsale Food Tours, Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, Charles Fort, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then stroll around Fitzgerald Park, then browse the exhibits of Cork City Gaol, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ballycotton Cliff Walk.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Cork trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Cork sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Kinsale
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Slea Head Drive as well as O'Flaherty's Bar. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon, cruise along Slea Head Drive, and then add some entertainment to your itinerary with O'Flaherty's Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, Head underground at Doolin Cave, then get engrossed in the history at Limerick Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dingle route planner.

Drive from Cork to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Limerick, Doolin Cave, Cliffs of Moher
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Galway Cathedral, Naughton's Pub (Tigh Neachtain), Knocknarea, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): join in the after-dark buzz at Naughton's Pub (Tigh Neachtain).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway holiday planner.

Getting from Dingle to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Galway is slightly colder than Dingle - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knocknarea, Yeats's Grave, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

2
nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
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.
You've added Guildhall, Bushmills Distillery, Museum of Free Derry, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dunluce Castle and Tower Museum. When in Derry, make a side trip to see Giant's Causeway in Bushmills, approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St. Columb's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Derry trip planner.

Drive from Galway to Derry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bushmills, Enniskillen Castle, Dunluce Castle
Highlights from your plan
St. Columb's Cathedral ©
St. Columb's Cathedral
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum

2
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parliament Buildings, Milltown Cemetery and Belfast: Political Conflict 3 hour Walking Tour. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Parliament Buildings, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, take in the local highlights with Belfast: Political Conflict 3 hour Walking Tour, then brush up on your military savvy at Northern Ireland War Memorial, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Milltown Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Ulster Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Orange Heritage, then examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, and finally examine the collection at SS Nomadic.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Belfast trip app .

Traveling by bus from Derry to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Belfast are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kingscourt.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast

2
nights
Kingscourt, Ireland

Kingscourt
Kingscourt, historically known as Dunaree, is a town in County Cavan, Ireland. To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kingscourt trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Belfast to Kingscourt with the Route module. January in Kingscourt sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Reykjavik.

Things to do in Kingscourt

Nightlife Outdoors Parks

7
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kingscourt to Reykjavik. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kingscourt in January, with highs in Reykjavik at 3°C and lows at -1°C. You'll set off for Dublin on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin
To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Reykjavik to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in January, with highs in Dublin at 9°C and lows at 2°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors

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