45 days in Ireland Itinerary

45 days in Ireland Itinerary

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45 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kenmare
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Ennis
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Cong
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Achill Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Ballina
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Donegal Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
14
Ardara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Letterkenny
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Little Rock

3
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, then make a trip to Temple Bar, and finally appreciate the history behind James Joyce Statue. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally don't miss a visit to The Spire.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dublin tour itinerary builder tool .

Little Rock, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Little Rock in March, with highs in Dublin at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
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.
Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Rock of Cashel (in Cashel), Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (in Waterford) and Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea). The adventure continues: walk around Kilkenny Castle, browse the exhibits of The Blackbird Gallery, sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, then stroll through Inchydoney Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Fachtna's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: stop by Kinsale Crystal, admire the natural beauty at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, and then identify plant and animal life at Birds of Prey Educational Centre.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kinsale trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Kinsale sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Inchydoney Beach, St. Fachtna's Cathedral, Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Highlights from your plan
Birds of Prey Educational Centre ©
Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kenmare: Garinish Island (in Glengarriff) and Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, look for gifts at The Weavers Shop, explore the galleries of Norman McCloskey Photography, and walk around Gleninchaquin Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kenmare travel route planner .

You can drive from Kinsale to Kenmare in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. March in Kenmare sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Garinish Island, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Ring of Kerry
Highlights from your plan
Gleninchaquin Park ©
Gleninchaquin Park
Gougane Barra National Forest Park ©
Blackwater Woodturners ©
Blackwater Woodturners

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall and then explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Muckross House, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, then view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and finally appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Killarney takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Killarney, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

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: cruise along Slea Head Drive, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, and step off the mainland to explore Skellig Michael.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dingle online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Dingle sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 8th (Thu), stroll around Eyre Square, then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally stop by Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Park, admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and finally get in on the family fun at Galway City Karting.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Galway travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Dingle in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Galway: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ennis.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

3
nights
Ennis

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Mary's Cathedral (in Limerick), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Ballyvaughan (Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quin Abbey, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, and explore the striking landscape at The Burren.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ennis attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Galway to Ennis takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cong.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Saint Mary's Cathedral, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
The Burren ©
The Burren
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

3
nights
Cong

Cong ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then make a trip to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and finally stop by The Quiet Cailin Studios. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Quiet Man Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Cong Heritage Trail, then relax in the rural setting at Joyce Country Sheepdogs, and finally relax in the rural setting at Glengowla Mines.

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

Drive from Ennis to Cong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Cong, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 38°F at night. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Glengowla Mines, Joyce Country Sheepdogs
Highlights from your plan
Joyce Country Sheepdogs ©
Joyce Country Sheepdogs
The Cong Heritage Trail ©
The Cong Heritage Trail
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

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nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Take a break from Westport with a short trip to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden in Kylemore, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bertra beach, and grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Westport road trip planning website .

Drive from Cong to Westport in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

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nights
Achill Island

Achill Island
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Deserted Village, observe the fascinating underwater world at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, and then explore the activities along Keem Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Dugort Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Keel Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Sli Grainne Mhaol.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Achill Island trip maker app .

Getting from Westport to Achill Island by car takes about an hour. In April, daytime highs in Achill Island are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Ballina.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mulranny Strand
Highlights from your plan
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ballina: Strandhill Beach (in Strandhill), Sligo (Knocknarea & Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery) and Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary, stop by Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre, explore the ancient world of Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, and steep yourself in history at Moyne Abbey.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ballina online trip builder .

Drive from Achill Island to Ballina in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Ballina

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sligo, Foxford, Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Moyne Abbey, Downpatrick Head
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head

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nights
Donegal Town

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): cool off at Bundoran Waterworld, pause for some photo ops at Rory Gallagher Statue, see the interesting displays at Ballyshannon and District Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and finally make a trip to Lough Eske. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey), then play a few rounds at Donegal Golf Club, and then don't miss a visit to Mullaghmore Coast.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Donegal Town holiday planning site .

Drive from Ballina to Donegal Town in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Donegal Town when traveling from Ballina in April, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ardara.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Ballyshannon, Mullaghmore Coast, Bundoran Waterworld
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Rory Gallagher Statue ©
Rory Gallagher Statue
Irish House ©
Irish House

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Ardara

Ardara ©
Ardara, pronounced "Ardra", is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Glencolmcille Folk Village (in Glencolmcille), Silver Strand Beach (in Malin Beg) and Slieve League (in Carrick). There's much more to do: stop by Campbells of Ardara, get to know the fascinating history of Glengesh Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Assaranca Waterfall, and explore the fascinating underground world of Maghera Beach and Caves.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ardara driving holiday planner .

Ardara is just a short distance from Donegal Town. In April in Ardara, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Ardara

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Slieve League, Glencolmcille Folk Village, Silver Strand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Campbells of Ardara ©
Campbells of Ardara
Assaranca Waterfall ©
Assaranca Waterfall

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Letterkenny

Letterkenny ©
As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Letterkenny is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Errigal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Eunan's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Doagh Famine village, and step into the grandiose world of Glenveagh Castle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Letterkenny using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ardara to Letterkenny takes an hour. May in Letterkenny sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Poison Glen, Doagh Famine village
Highlights from your plan
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle
Mount Errigal ©
Mount Errigal
Saint Eunan's Cathedral ©
Saint Eunan's Cathedral

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