43 days in Ireland Itinerary

43 days in Ireland Itinerary

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43 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h
1
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kenmare
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dingle
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Liscannor
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Galway
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Westport
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Dublin
— 9 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Head to Jerpoint Glass Studio and Hibernian Giftsfor plenty of shopping. Attractions like Kilkenny Castle and Castlecomer Discovery Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, look for gifts at Darcys Treasures, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Tintern Abbey.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny road trip planning app .

New York City, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kilkenny is 5 hours. In May, Kilkenny is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 58°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Waterford, Curracloe Beach, Tintern Abbey, Ferns Castle, Hook Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blarney Castle & Gardens and Spike Island. You'll explore and learn at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre and Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kinsale: The English Market (in Cork) and Cobh (Titanic Experience Cobh & Tregan Craft Centre). And it doesn't end there: stop by Kinsale Crystal, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, and contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kinsale holiday planning tool .

Getting from Kilkenny to Kinsale by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cobh, The English Market, Blarney Castle & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

6
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.
Attractions like Derrynane Beach and Blueberry Hill Farm make great kid-friendly stops. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms and Ross Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kenmare side-trips: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra) and Killarney (Killarney National Park & Gap of Dunloe). Spend a day of island exploring on the 2nd (Sun) at Skellig Michael. There's much more to do: stop by Skyline Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Norman McCloskey Photography, experience rural life at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, and tee off at Ring of Kerry Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kenmare trip planner .

You can drive from Kinsale to Kenmare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kenmare can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Killarney, Blueberry Hill Farm, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Skellig Michael, Derrynane Beach
Highlights from your plan
Blueberry Hill Farm ©
Blueberry Hill Farm
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

7
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Carol Cronin Gallery and Penny's Pottery will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Great Blasket Island and St.James Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Dingle: Castlegregory (Glanteenassig Wood, Original Kerry Craft Centre, & more). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. On the 10th (Mon), hike the day away at The Dingle Way. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with John Weldon Jewellers, look for gifts at NU goldsmith, browse the range of quality goods at Strand House Cafe, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dingle Oceanworld.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle day trip planning website .

Drive from Kenmare to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Dingle are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Castlegregory, Ventry
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

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. Do your shopping at Burren Perfumery and Chapel Lane Market. Get out of town with these interesting Liscannor side-trips: Ennis (Sceal Eile Books & Glor Irish Music Centre) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). Spend the 14th (Fri) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher and look for gifts at The Celtic T Shirt Shop.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Liscannor trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Liscannor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. June in Liscannor sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Ennis, Lahinch, The Burren Smokehouse,, Burren National Park, Burren Perfumery
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Galway Arts Centre and Galway Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Galway City Museum and Lynch's Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Irish Seed Savers (in Scarriff) and McKernan Woollen Mills (in Tuamgraney). On the 19th (Wed), spend a cool day on the water with Charter Ireland. There's still lots to do: stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and hunt for treasures at Galway Market.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Galway sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Shopping Transportation

Side Trips

Irish Seed Savers, McKernan Woollen Mills
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre
McKernan Woollen Mills ©
McKernan Woollen Mills

5
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Drummindoo Stud and Westport House. Ceide Fields and Moyne Abbey will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Belleek Castle Museum (in Ballina) and Erris Head Loop Walk (in Belmullet). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Great Western Greenway, stop by Derryaun Crafts, get in on the family fun at Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Westport vacation planner.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Mayo, Newport, Moyne Abbey, Belleek Castle Museum, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Highlights from your plan
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum

9
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Head to Grafton Street and Fallon & Byrnefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Sheridans, stroll through Phoenix Park, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Temple Bar Food Market.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Westport to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Dublin, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Ireland ©
National Gallery of Ireland
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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