43 days in Ireland Itinerary

43 days in Ireland Itinerary

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43 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 21 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Buncrana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dunfanaghy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ballina
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Seattle

21
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Xtreme.ie (in Balbriggan) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Seattle to Dublin. In March, Dublin is little chillier than Seattle - with highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Xtreme.ie, Malahide Castle, St Columba's Church
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

3
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Buncrana is known for museums, beaches, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Mamore Gap, kick back and relax at Straghill Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lisfannon Strand, and putt your heart out at Donegal Airsoft.

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

Drive from Dublin to Buncrana in 4 hours. Traveling from Dublin in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Buncrana, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Dunfanaghy.

Things to do in Buncrana

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Doagh Famine village, Donegal Airsoft, Mamore Gap
Highlights from your plan
Doagh Famine village ©
Doagh Famine village
Donegal Airsoft ©
Donegal Airsoft

3
nights
Dunfanaghy

Dunfanaghy ©
Dunfanaghy is a small town, former fishing port, and commercial centre in County Donegal, Ireland. Take a break from Dunfanaghy with a short trip to Tropical World in Letterkenny, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Glenveagh National Park, step into the grandiose world of Glenveagh Castle, go for a walk through Marble Hill Strand, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Errigal.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunfanaghy day trip app .

Traveling by car from Buncrana to Dunfanaghy takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Dunfanaghy

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Letterkenny, Glenveagh National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Art House Art Gallery ©
The Art House Art Gallery
Glenveagh National Park ©
Glenveagh National Park
Mount Errigal ©
Mount Errigal

3
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Get out of town with these interesting Ballina side-trips: Westport (The Great Western Greenway, Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, & more). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Clare Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, admire the landmark architecture of Mary of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, and explore the ancient world of Belleek Castle Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ballina trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Dunfanaghy to Ballina in 3 hours. Traveling from Dunfanaghy in April, expect little chillier with lows of 38°F in Ballina. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Westport, County Mayo, Moyne Abbey, Michael Davitt Museum, Mary of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Clare Island ©
Clare Island
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge. (in Lisdoonvarna), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). There's lots more to do: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Ballina to Galway in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Corcomroe Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Tyrone House
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dingle is known for historic sites, nightlife, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, and meet the residents at Dingle Oceanworld.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blacks Brewery, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co, then look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ballinspittle.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kinsale trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. April in Kinsale sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

3
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then walk around Kilkenny Castle, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. On your second day here, head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, steep yourself in history at Rock of Cashel, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny vacation planner .

You can drive from Kinsale to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Rock of Cashel, Ballyhack Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©

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