32 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

32 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Train to Galway, Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Galway
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Guinness Storehouse and Glendalough Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Malahide Castle and Trim Castle. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Vagabond Tours (in Greystones) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stroll around St Stephens Green, and take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Dublin is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Inishmore, Ireland

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stop by Aran Sweater Market, then see some colorful creatures with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and finally explore the ancient world of Teampall Chiarain. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilmurvey Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Inishmore trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and ferry from Dublin to Inishmore takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Inishmore are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Galway, Ireland

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cliffs of Moher and Wild Atlantic Way. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Galway City Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Ireland's School of Falconry (in Cong). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway online trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dingle, Ireland

— 4 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Inch Beach and Coumeenoole Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Slea Head Drive and Gallarus Oratory. Spend a day of island exploring on the 29th (Tue) at Skellig Michael. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Dingle Peninsula, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James' Church, and don't miss a visit to Eask Tower.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dingle trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ross Castle and Norman McCloskey Photography. Get some historical perspective at Muckross Abbey and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Staigue Fort (in Castlecove) and Garinish Island (in Glengarriff). Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and cruise along Ring of Kerry.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip planning website.

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cork, Ireland

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Charles Fort and Inchydoney Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cobh Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Cobh (Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, Titanic Experience Cobh, &more), Jameson Distillery Midleton (in Midleton) and Kinsale (Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum & Kinsale Regional Museum). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cork online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Visit Rock of Cashel and Jerpoint Abbey for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Hook Lighthouse and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception (in Wexford) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 5 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Causeway Coastal Route and East Strand. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ulster Museum and SS Nomadic. Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: Derry (Tower Museum & City Walls), Broughshane Environment Waterfowl & Wildlife Trust (in Broughshane) and Bushmills (Bushmills Distillery & Giant's Causeway). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Ulster Folk Museum, admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at HMS Caroline, and step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Belfast road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Belfast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Belfast, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.

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.