37 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

37 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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37 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
3
Rathlin Island, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Dunlewey, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Carrick, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Burren National Park, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Bunratty, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Portmagee, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Clogheen, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
17
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Riga, Latvia


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1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, then take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty Library, and finally contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dublin day trip planning website .

Paris, France to Dublin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Paris to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in May, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
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Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

3
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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.
You'll explore and learn at SS Nomadic and Down County Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ring of Gullion and Dundrum Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: Blackhead Path (in Whitehead) and Downpatrick (Inch Abbey & The Saint Patrick Centre). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at WWT Castle Espie and take an in-depth tour of Somme Heritage Centre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Belfast trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Belfast, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Downpatrick, Somme Heritage Centre, Dundrum Castle, Blackhead Path, WWT Castle Espie
Highlights from your plan
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
Ring of Gullion ©
Ring of Gullion
WWT Castle Espie ©
WWT Castle Espie

1
day
Rathlin Island, United Kingdom

Rathlin Island ©
Rathlin Island is an island and civil parish off the coast of County Antrim and the northernmost point of Northern Ireland.GeographyRathlin is the only inhabited offshore island of Northern Ireland, with a steadily growing population of approximately 150 people, and is the most northerly inhabited island off the coast of the island of Ireland. On the 12th (Sun), hike along RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, get engrossed in the history at Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre, then view the masterpieces at Breakwater Studio, and finally step off the mainland to explore Rathlin Island.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rathlin Island online vacation maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Belfast to Rathlin Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bushmills.

Things to do in Rathlin Island

Parks Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre ©
Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre ©
Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre
Rathlin Island ©
Rathlin Island

2
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Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ballycastle Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Kinbane Castle, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Temple Springs Fishery and then steep yourself in history at Mussenden Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bushmills trip planner .

You can drive from Rathlin Island to Bushmills in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Bushmills are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dunlewey.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballycastle, Temple Springs Fishery, Mussenden Temple, Dunluce Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Mussenden Temple ©
Mussenden Temple

1
night
Dunlewey, Ireland

Dunlewey
On the 15th (Wed), make a trip to Old Church Dunlewey, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get outside with Ionad Cois Locha.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dunlewey trip builder app .

Getting from Bushmills to Dunlewey by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Dunlewey can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Carrick.

Things to do in Dunlewey

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Church Dunlewey

2
nights
Carrick, Ireland

Carrick ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Glencolmcille Folk Village, then pause for some photo ops at Clocha na hEireann, then explore the striking landscape at Slieve League, and finally view the masterpieces at Slieve League Cultural Centre. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Rossnowlagh Beach, then get outside with Ballaghbeama Gap, and then hike along Rosses Point Loop Walk.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carrick trip maker tool .

You can drive from Dunlewey to Carrick in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glencolmcille, Rossnowlagh Beach, Ballaghbeama Gap, Rosses Point Loop Walk
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Glencolmcille Folk Village ©
Glencolmcille Folk Village

2
nights
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): browse the exhibits of The Model, home of the Niland Collection, then get outside with Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney, then steep yourself in history at Creevykeel Court Tomb, and finally relax in the rural setting at Castle Adventure Open Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, then relax in the rural setting at Atlantic Sheepdogs, and then play a few rounds at Donegal Golf Club.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Donegal Town online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carrick to Donegal Town takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors Golf Trails

Side Trips

Sligo, Castle Adventure Open Farm, Atlantic Sheepdogs
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Creevykeel Court Tomb ©
Creevykeel Court Tomb

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Galway, Ireland

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.
Let the collections at Michael Davitt Museum and Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong, Monk's Fishing House, & more), Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard) and Joyce Country Sheepdogs (in Shanafaraghaun). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel, explore the historical opulence of Athenry Castle, admire the landmark architecture of The Irish Workhouse Centre, and hike along The Wormhole.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Donegal Town to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Donegal Town in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Galway. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Burren National Park.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cong, Kylemore, Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Killary Sheep Farm, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre

1
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Burren National Park, Ireland

Burren National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): Head underground at Aillwee Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses, then examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Burren National Park day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Galway to Burren National Park in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bunratty.

Things to do in Burren National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Corofin, Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses
Highlights from your plan
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave

2
nights
Bunratty, Ireland

Bunratty ©
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Craggaunowen. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Dromoland Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Redemptorist Church, and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bunratty trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Dublin to Bunratty in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Bunratty are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Redemptorist Church, Old Augustinian Friary, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Carrigafoyle Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Carrigafoyle Castle ©
Carrigafoyle Castle

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Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 28th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Minard Castle, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dingle online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Burren National Park to Dingle takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portmagee.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Slea Head Drive
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Portmagee, Ireland

Portmagee ©
Portmagee is a village in County Kerry, Ireland. You've now added Staigue Fort to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Allihies Copper Mine Museum and The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. Visiting Skellig Michael and Irish Fairy Trails will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Portmagee: Dun Chaoin Pier (in Dunquin) and Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials (in Ventry). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Leacanabuaile Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ballinskelligs Beach, and explore the historical opulence of McCarthy Mor Tower House - Ballinskellig Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Portmagee trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Burren National Park to Portmagee in 3.5 hours. May in Portmagee sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Portmagee

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ballinskelligs, Cahersiveen, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Staigue Fort
Highlights from your plan
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Allihies Copper Mine Museum ©
Allihies Copper Mine Museum
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church ©
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church

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Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You've now added Crag Cave to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), Head underground at Crag Cave and then explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Torc Mountain Walk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of Kerry County Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Portmagee to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kerry County Museum, Crag Cave
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Kerry County Museum ©
Kerry County Museum

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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.
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church, then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, then steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cork trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Cork sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Clogheen.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Camden Fort Meagher ©
Camden Fort Meagher

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Clogheen, Ireland

Clogheen ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saltee Islands as well as Bay Lough. On the 1st (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Saltee Islands, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knockmealdown Mountains, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Carthage's Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Carthage's Catholic Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bay Lough.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Clogheen trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Clogheen takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Clogheen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Clogheen

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lismore, Mitchelstown Cave, Saltee Islands, Swiss Cottage
Highlights from your plan
Knockmealdown Mountains ©
Knockmealdown Mountains
Mitchelstown Cave ©
Mitchelstown Cave
Saint Carthage's Cathedral ©
Saint Carthage's Cathedral

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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 Hore Abbey. On the 28th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny holiday maker app .

Getting from Clogheen to Kilkenny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Huntington Castle, Hore Abbey, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center
Highlights from your plan
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Dublin Castle and Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum. Get outdoors at Wicklow Mountains National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Glendalough Monastic Settlement (in Vale of Glendalough). Explore Dublin further: take a stroll through Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dublin tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, Dublin is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Cathedral, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

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