36 days in Ireland Itinerary

36 days in Ireland Itinerary

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36 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Athens
+3
Subway + Fly + Bus + Train:  10 h 15 min
1
Sligo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Killarney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Cork
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
8
Dublin
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Athens

5
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Explore hidden gems such as Slieve League and Eagles Flying. Glenveagh Castle and Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Lough Key Forest and Activity Park (in Boyle), Poison Glen (in Gweedore) and Donegal Castle (in Donegal Town). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Glenveagh National Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Knocknarea, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Arigna Mining Experience, identify plant and animal life at Sligo Golf Academy & Activity Farm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sligo road trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Sligo is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of subway, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Athens in July: highs in Sligo hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Donegal Castle, Glenveagh Castle, Poison Glen, Eagles Flying
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, then cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and then grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in August, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Westport. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails

Side Trip

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Highlights from your plan
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

5
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.
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and Hunt Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Clonmacnoise. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Clifden (Clifden Bookshop & Sky Rd), The Irish Workhouse Centre (in Portumna) and Limerick (King John's Castle & Saint Mary's Cathedral). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, stroll around Eyre Square, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Galway online travel route builder.

Drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Limerick, Clifden, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Clonmacnoise, Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gallarus Oratory and Great Blasket Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Skellig Michael and Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, cruise along Slea Head Drive, get engrossed in the history at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle online itinerary planner.

Drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Dingle sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Skellig Michael
Highlights from your plan
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

6
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore hidden gems such as Ross Castle and Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Muckross Abbey and St. Mary's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Glengarriff (The Ewe Experience & Garinish Island), Tralee (Kerry County Museum & Banna Strand) and The North Kerry Museum (in Ballyduff). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, and get outside with Ring of Kerry.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planning tool.

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. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tralee, County Kerry, Glengarriff, The North Kerry Museum, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum

5
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.
Let the collections at Cork City Gaol and Titanic Experience Cobh capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Charles Fort and Ballycotton Cliff Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen) and West Cork Model Railway Village (in Clonakilty). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral, and head off the coast to Spike Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cork vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Cork, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cobh, Midleton, Charles Fort, Fota Wildlife Park, Drombeg Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hook Lighthouse and Bishop's Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore Medieval Mile Museum and Reginald's Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (in Waterford), Hore Abbey (in Cashel) and Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Wells House & Gardens, walk around Irish National Heritage Park, and explore the galleries of Rothe House and Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Irish National Heritage Park, Hook Lighthouse, Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, Hore Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Christ Church Cathedral and Malahide Castle. Get some historical perspective at Glendalough Cathedral and Trim Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Russborough House (in Wicklow), Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Donore (Bru na Boinne, Donore Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, see the interesting displays at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, contemplate the long history of Hill of Tara (Temair), and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wicklow Mountains National Park.

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

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Donore, Vale of Glendalough, Hill of Tara (Temair), Powerscourt Gardens and House, Malahide Castle
Highlights from your plan
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum

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