60 days in Ireland Itinerary

60 days in Ireland Itinerary

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60 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + bus:  16​h 45​min
1
Kilkenny
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kinsale
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kenmare
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Dingle
— 10 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Galway
— 8 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 45​min
6
Inishmore
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Ballina
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Buncrana
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Dublin
— 9 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Abbey. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Enniscorthy (The National 1798 Rebellion Centre & St Aidan's Cathedral), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Loftus Hall (in Hook Head). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate the long history of Ferns Castle, enjoy the sea views from Hook Lighthouse, and take an in-depth tour of Ballyhack Castle.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary maker app .

Houston, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Houston to Kilkenny due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in November, you will find days in Kilkenny are much colder (50°F), and nights are slightly colder (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Wexford, Reginald's Tower, Curracloe Beach, Ballyhack Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cobh Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore Kinsale's surroundings by going to Cork (St. Anne's Church & Fota Wildlife Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, and tee off at Old Head Golf Links.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kinsale trip app .

Drive from Kilkenny to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Kinsale sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Cork, Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Killarney (Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, & more), Staigue Fort (in Castlecove) and Derrynane Beach (in Caherdaniel). Spend a day of island exploring on the 8th (Fri) at Skellig Michael. There's still lots to do: cruise along Ring of Kerry, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, stop by Lorge Chocolatier, and tee off at Kenmare Golf Club.

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

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Kenmare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Kenmare, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Killarney, County Kerry, Staigue Fort, Derrynane Beach
Highlights from your plan
Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

10
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St.James Church and Rahinnane Castle. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, contemplate the long history of Riasc, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, and take some stellar pictures from Brian de Staic Jeweller.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dingle online tour builder .

You can drive from Kenmare to Dingle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Ventry, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
St.James Church ©
St.James Church
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

8
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 Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Poulnabrone Dolmen. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Corofin (Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre & Burren National Park) and Dromoland Castle (in Newmarket-on-Fergus). There's much more to do: bet on a winner at Ballinrobe Races, kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey, and explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galway itinerary website .

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. Traveling from Dingle in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Galway, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

County Clare, Cong, Corofin, Aillwee Cave, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach and then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

6
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 some historical perspective at Ceide Fields and Belleek Castle Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballina: Slieve League (in Carrick), Westport (The Quay Gallery & The Great Western Greenway) and Silver Strand Beach (in Malin Beg).

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ballina travel planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Inishmore to Ballina with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Ballina are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport, Westport, Killala, County Mayo, Slieve League
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Ceide Fields ©
Ceide Fields
Moyne Abbey ©
Moyne Abbey

8
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Glenveagh Castle and Saint Eunan's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Narin Beach (in Narin-Portnoo), Five Fingers Strand (in Malin) and Newmills Corn and Flax Mill (in Letterkenny). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Culdaff Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross, steep yourself in history at Grianan Of Aileach, and stroll through Back Strand Beach.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buncrana trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Ballina to Buncrana in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Buncrana are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Buncrana

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Letterkenny, County Donegal, Rathmullan, Culdaff, Narin Beach
Highlights from your plan
Five Fingers Strand ©
Five Fingers Strand
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle
Saint Eunan's Cathedral ©
Saint Eunan's Cathedral

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.
Get some historical perspective at Kilmainham Gaol and James Joyce Cultural Centre. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, shop like a local with Grafton Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin day trip app .

You can drive from Buncrana to Dublin in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Malahide Castle, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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