32 days in Ireland Itinerary

32 days in Ireland Itinerary

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32 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17 h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Cork
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Johannesburg

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.
Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wicklow Mountains National Park and Bru na Boinne. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Enniskerry to see Powerscourt Gardens and House about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, view the masterpieces at Gallery of Photography, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Johannesburg to Dublin, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Dublin to be colder, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hook Lighthouse and Castlecomer Discovery Park. You'll get in some beach time at Curracloe Beach and Ballinoulart Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Waterford (John Condon Memorial, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, & more) and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (in Ardcavan). There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Ballyhack Castle, and view the masterpieces at The Blackbird Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny online holiday builder .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Waterford, Ballinoulart Beach, Curracloe Beach, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Hook Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Strandhill Beach and Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Burren Birds of Prey Centre and Galway Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Athlone (Athlone Castle Visitor Centre & Church of Saints Peter & Paul), Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell) and Doughmore Bay (in Doonbeg). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, and make a trip to Quay Street.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Galway trip builder .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Galway, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Athlone, Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, Doughmore Bay, Strandhill Beach, Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre
Highlights from your plan
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ronan Halpin Gallery and The Quay Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and The Lost Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Westport: Dugort Beach (in Dugort), Killadoon Standing Stone (in Killadoon) and Cross Beach Loop Walk (in Belmullet). There's much more to do: cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, head outdoors with Belleek Castle Museum, kick back and relax at Carrowmore Beach, and look for gifts at The Yellow Lady Design Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport route maker app .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Westport, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Achill Island, Ballina, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Cross Beach Loop Walk, The Lost Valley
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

1
night
Liscannor

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 22nd (Tue): kick back and relax at White Strand Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, then Head underground at Doolin Cave, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Liscannor trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Westport to Liscannor by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Liscannor are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahinch Beach, Doolin Cave, White Strand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

2
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then stop by McKernan Woollen Mills. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Dromore Wood Nature Reserve, then tee off at Dromoland Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Hunt Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Limerick trip planner .

Getting from Liscannor to Limerick by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Limerick sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Wildlife Golf

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Dromore Wood Nature Reserve, Dromoland Castle, McKernan Woollen Mills
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
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 Clogher Strand. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Dingle Peninsula. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive, head off the coast to Skellig Michael, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dingle trip builder website .

Drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Take a break from the city and head to Banna Strand and Gap of Dunloe. Get a sense of the local culture at Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Kenmare (The Weavers Shop & Norman McCloskey Photography) and Garinish Island (in Glengarriff). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, and don't miss a visit to Ladies' View.

To find photos and tourist information, read Killarney travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Killarney, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kerry Cliffs, Banna Strand, Ring of Kerry, Garinish Island
Highlights from your plan
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Banna Strand
Banna Strand
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

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.
Head to The English Market and The Gallery Kinsalefor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story and Cork City Gaol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty) and Kinsale (Charles Fort & The Boathouse Gallery). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Cork attractions tool .

Getting from Killarney to Cork by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Cork are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Cobh, Kinsale, Inchydoney Beach, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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