45 days in Ireland Itinerary

45 days in Ireland Itinerary

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45 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Cork
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Dingle
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Limerick
— 2 nights
train + bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Liscannor
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
8
Galway
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Westport
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
10
Sligo
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Chicago

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beer Tastings & Tours and Christ Church Cathedral. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Dublin. In March, daytime highs in Dublin are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Beer Tastings & Tours

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waterford Greenway and Hook Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Waterford (Bishop's Palace, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, & more) and Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip maker website .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Waterford, Irish National Heritage Park, Hook Lighthouse, Cahir Castle, Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Highlights from your plan
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spike Island and Cork City Gaol. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Kinsale (Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance & Charles Fort). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fota Wildlife Park, head outdoors with Play Gaelic Games, make a trip to Elizabeth Fort, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork itinerary planner .

Drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Cork are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinsale, Fota Wildlife Park, Titanic Experience Cobh
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park

5
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Ladies' View. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm & St. Patrick's Church). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Torc Mountain Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Killarney trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk

5
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blasket Islands and Dun Chaoin Pier. Step out of Dingle to go to Castlegregory and see Glanteenassig Wood, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along The Dingle Way, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Brandon, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lough Anascaul.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle route planner.

Getting from Killarney to Dingle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Dingle, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Castlegregory, Blasket Islands, Kingdom Falconry, Dun Chaoin Pier
Highlights from your plan
Glenteenassig Forest Park ©
Glenteenassig Forest Park
The Dingle Way ©
The Dingle Way
Blasket Islands ©
Blasket Islands

2
nights
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 29th (Sun), get outside with Flannerys and then hike along Ballyhoura Walking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore by horseback at Boskill equestrian/Trekking Homestay, stroll around Adare Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Limerick trip itinerary app .

Drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Limerick sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Limerick

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Adare Park
Highlights from your plan
Flannerys ©
Flannerys
Adare Park ©
Adare Park
Ballyhoura Walking Trails ©
Ballyhoura Walking Trails

1
night
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. On the 31st (Tue), play a few rounds at Doolin Pitch & Putt, then go for a walk through Beauty Of The Burren Walks, and then stroll through Cliffs of Moher.

Plan a Liscannor trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Liscannor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Doolin
Highlights from your plan
Doolin Pitch & Putt ©
Doolin Pitch & Putt
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wild Atlantic Way and Glengowla Mines. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Bike Park Ireland (in Roscrea), Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard) and Monk's Fishing House (in Cong). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of The Irish Workhouse Centre, trek along The Wormhole, explore the activities along Kinvara Harbour, and explore the landscape on two wheels at South Park.

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Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Oughterard, Bike Park Ireland, Kinvara Harbour, Monk's Fishing House, Corcomroe Abbey
Highlights from your plan
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines

5
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. When in Westport, make a side trip to see Belleek Castle Museum in Ballina, approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, contemplate the long history of Clew Bay Heritage Centre, examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, and stroll through Drummindoo Stud.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport visit planner.

Drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Newport Railway Viaduct, Michael Davitt Museum, Belleek Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

4
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Lough Gill Drive and Creevykeel Court Tomb. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at The Famine Family Memorial, tee off at County Sligo Golf Club, step off the mainland to explore Coney Island, and head outdoors with Hazelwood.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sligo online travel route planner .

Getting from Westport to Sligo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Sligo sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Lough Gill Drive ©
The Lough Gill Drive
Creevykeel Court Tomb ©
Creevykeel Court Tomb

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