16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kinsale
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Dublin is known for museums, breweries, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary builder app .

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Dublin is 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Dublin when traveling from Washington DC in January, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Killone Abbey (in Ennis). Spend the 7th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Middle Street, and admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Galway tour planner .

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Galway are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Killone Abbey, Cliffs of Moher
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Gore Knox Monument, don't miss a visit to Rosserk Friary, then steep yourself in history at Moyne Abbey, then stroll through Ross Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Saint Mary's Well. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Newport Railway Viaduct, pause for some serene contemplation at Newport Church, stop by Parade, don't miss a visit to Burrishoole Abbey, then browse the exhibits of The North Mayo Heritage Centre, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Connacht Whiskey Company.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ballina online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Galway to Ballina in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Ballina

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport, Killala
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Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
The North Mayo Heritage Centre ©
The North Mayo Heritage Centre
Gore Knox Monument ©
Gore Knox Monument

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
When in Dingle, make a side trip to see Original Kerry Craft Centre in Castlegregory, approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon, sample the tasty concoctions at West Kerry Brewery, get great views at Brandpon Point, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Carol Cronin Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle attractions planner.

You can drive from Ballina to Dingle in 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Original Kerry Craft Centre, West Kerry Brewery
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Mount Brandon ©
Mount Brandon
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kinsale: Cobh (Colmans Cathedral Ireland & Lusitania Memorial) and Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney). And it doesn't end there: stop by Kinsale Crystal, sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery, contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and shop like a local with The Gallery Kinsale.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Dingle to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. January in Kinsale sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cobh, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre ©
Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

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