40 days in Ireland Itinerary

40 days in Ireland Itinerary

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40 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Fly:  16​h
1
Dublin
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Buncrana
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Westport
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Liscannor
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Cork
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  16​h
End: Playa del Carmen

5
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 Guinness Storehouse and Wicklow Mountains National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Bru na Boinne. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the striking features of Christ Church Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and make a trip to Temple Bar.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin vacation planner .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Playa del Carmen in December; daily highs in Dublin reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waterford Greenway and Mount Leinster. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hook Lighthouse and Kilkenny Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Waterford (Reginald's Tower, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, examine the collection at Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny journey tool .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, County Wexford, Hook Lighthouse, Cahir Castle, Mount Leinster
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

4
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Glenveagh Castle and Doagh Famine village. Step out of the city life by going to Slieve League and Glenveagh National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buncrana: Crohy Head Sea Arch (in Knockfola), Mount Errigal (in Letterkenny) and Carrickfin Strand (in Annagry). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Pollan Beach, steep yourself in history at Amazing Grace Viewing Platform, Walk and Park!, and cruise along Kinnagoe Bay.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Buncrana online trip builder .

Getting from Kilkenny to Buncrana by car takes about 5 hours. In January in Buncrana, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Buncrana

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Letterkenny, County Donegal, Carrickfin Strand, Crohy Head Sea Arch, Kinnagoe Bay
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Glenveagh National Park ©
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle

4
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Great Western Greenway and Knocknarea. Step out of the city life by going to Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and Cross Beach Loop Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Killadoon Standing Stone (in Killadoon), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Sky Rd (in Clifden). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Strandhill Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Croagh Patrick, and make a trip to Jacks Old Cottage.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Westport itinerary planner .

Drive from Buncrana to Westport in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Westport when traveling from Buncrana in January, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sligo, Ballina, Croagh Patrick, Cross Beach Loop Walk, Killadoon Standing Stone
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wild Atlantic Way and Burren National Park. Get some cultural insight at King John's Castle and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre (in Corofin), Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin) and The Woollen Market (in Ennis). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, and make a trip to Quay Street.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Galway trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Westport to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ennis, Corofin, King John's Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Corcomroe Abbey
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

3
nights
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burren Birds of Prey Centre and Doolin Cave. Get in touch with nature at Cliffs of Moher and The Burren. Explore Liscannor's surroundings by going to Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell) and Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, tour the pleasant surroundings at White Strand Beach, and hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Liscannor day trip planner.

Getting from Galway to Liscannor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Liscannor, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Doolin, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Lahinch Beach, Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

4
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Conor Pass. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Slea Head Drive and Skellig Michael. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Inch Beach, contemplate the long history of Great Blasket Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, and stroll through Clogher Strand.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dingle, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Dingle are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

4
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Escape the urban bustle at Killarney National Park and Gap of Dunloe. Ross Castle and St. Patrick's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Kenmare (Blackwater Woodturners & Norman McCloskey Photography). There's lots more to do: hike along Torc Mountain Walk, take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip builder site .

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk

6
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.
Ballycotton Cliff Walk and Titanic Experience Cobh are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Inchydoney Beach and Spike Island. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Kinsale (Kinsale Crystal, Kinsale Regional Museum, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, see the interesting displays at Collins Barracks Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork day trip planning app .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Cork, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Fota Wildlife Park, Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

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