41 days in Ireland Itinerary

41 days in Ireland Itinerary

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41 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Kilkenny
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cork
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kenmare
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Dingle
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Waterville
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Clifden
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Dublin
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Bucharest

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rothe House and Garden, Castlecomer Discovery Park and Jerpoint Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hook Lighthouse and Ferns Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Huntington Castle (in Clonegal). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Black Abbey, get to know the fascinating history of Butter Slip, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mayfield Birds of Prey.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip itinerary maker.

Bucharest, Romania to Kilkenny is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bucharest in September: highs in Kilkenny hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Curracloe Beach, Ferns Castle, Huntington Castle, Mayfield Birds of Prey, Hook Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Cork City Gaol and Cobh Heritage Centre. Popular historic sites such as Charles Fort and St. Anne's Church are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to The Jameson Experience (in Midleton), Cobh (Titanic Experience Cobh & Cobh Cathedral) and Kinsale (Kinsale Silver, Giles Norman Photography, & more). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Old English Market/City Market, look for gifts at Blarney Woollen Mills, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Fin Barre's Cathedral, and step off the mainland to explore Spike Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cork custom trip planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cork are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Kenmare

Kenmare ©
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garnish Island and The WhiteHouse Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Ross Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Killarney (Killarney National Park & Muckross Abbey). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, stop by Skyline Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Gleninchaquin Park, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kenmare trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kenmare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cork in September, you will find days in Kenmare are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Killarney, Garinish Island, The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

7
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Great Blasket Centre and Island and The Carol Cronin Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Inch Beach and The Dingle Way. Go for a jaunt from Dingle to Tralee to see Banna Strand about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, stop by Kathleen McAuliffe, step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, and explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dingle vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Dingle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Waterville.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Banna Strand, Dingle Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Waterville

Waterville ©
County Kerry's picture-perfect holiday resort of Waterville is a weekend getaway once favored by Charlie Chaplin's family.
Skellig Michael and Allihies Copper Mine Trail will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ring of Kerry and The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sneem), Skelligs Rock (in Portmagee) and Staigue Fort (in Castlecove).

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Waterville itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Waterville takes 2 hours. In October in Waterville, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Waterville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caherdaniel, Portmagee, County Kerry, The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre, Skelligs Chocolate Co.
Highlights from your plan
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

7
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and The Quay Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Burren Perfumery or Cottage Handcrafts. Explore Clifden's surroundings by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Cong), Westport (The Great Western Greenway & Atlantic Drive on Achill Island) and The Burren Smokehouse, (in Lisdoonvarna). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sky Rd, stop by O`Dalaigh Jewellers, buy something for everyone on your list at Hehirs Of Clifden, and explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Clifden trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Waterville to Clifden takes 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Clifden can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Westport, Galway, Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Burren Perfumery, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

7
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 inner history buff will appreciate Bru na Boinne and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Trim Castle and Malahide Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Glendalough Monastic Settlement (in Vale of Glendalough). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, step into the grandiose world of Dublin Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and shop like a local with Grafton Street.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dublin custom trip planner.

Getting from Clifden to Dublin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Malahide Castle
Highlights from your plan
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park

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