20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland Itinerary

Boston
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Waterford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Sligo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Boston

2
days
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 18th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Wicklow Mountains National Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Portmarnock Beach, then examine the collection at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary planning tool .

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Dublin. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Boston in May, with highs in Dublin at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

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Portmarnock Beach, Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Portmarnock Beach ©
Portmarnock Beach

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Butter Slip, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, then tee off at Mount Juliet Estate, and finally contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, Inspirational Gardens & Rachel's Café, then step into the grandiose world of Huntington Castle, and then trek along The Wicklow Way.

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Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Kilkenny. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Huntington Castle, Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, Inspirational Gardens & Rachel's Café, The Wicklow Way
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Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
Huntington Castle ©
Huntington Castle
The Wicklow Way ©
The Wicklow Way

2
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Waterford

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mount Melleray Abbey, examine the collection at Waterford County Museum, examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, and finally admire the sheer force of Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan). On the next day, contemplate the long history of Curraghmore House and then play a few rounds at Waterford Castle Golf Club.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Waterford trip planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Waterford by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

#Golf, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Curraghmore House, Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan), Mount Melleray Abbey, Waterford County Museum
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Mount Melleray Abbey ©
Mount Melleray Abbey
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Curraghmore House
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King of the Vikings VR

2
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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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Crawford Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher, and then get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at James Fort, then take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and then tee off at Fota Island Resort.

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Traveling by car from Waterford to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

#Museums, #Golf, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinsale, Fota Island Resort
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Crawford Art Gallery ©
Crawford Art Gallery
Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre ©
Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre
Camden Fort Meagher ©
Camden Fort Meagher

2
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Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 26th (Sun), stroll through The Kerry Way, trek along Torc Mountain Walk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, steep yourself in history at Staigue Fort, then stroll through Rossbeigh Beach, and finally relax in the rural setting at Kennedy's Pet Farm.

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You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Staigue Fort, Rossbeigh Beach
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Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Rossbeigh Beach ©
Rossbeigh Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

2
days
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 28th (Tue), stop by Holden Leathergoods, steep yourself in history at Riasc, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church, contemplate the long history of Leacanabuaile Fort, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Carol Cronin Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dingle are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Adventure

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Cahersiveen
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Riasc ©
Riasc
The Carol Cronin Gallery ©
The Carol Cronin Gallery
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church ©
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church

2
days
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 30th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the historical opulence of Aughnanure Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong. Keep things going the next day: trek along The Wormhole, then get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Spiddal Craft & Design Studios.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Galway trip planner .

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Galway

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails

Side Trips

The Wormhole, Aughnanure Castle, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Royal Abbey of Cong
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Ronan Halpin Gallery, stop by Alt na Croi Pottery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Woodland Faerie Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Achill Heritage Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mulranny Strand, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Newport Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones and then explore the ancient world of Sli Grainne Mhaol.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Achill Island tour planner.

Drive from Galway to Achill Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Achill Island

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Church, Mulranny Strand
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Achill Heritage Centre ©
Achill Heritage Centre
Ronan Halpin Gallery ©
Ronan Halpin Gallery
Alt na Croi Pottery ©
Alt na Croi Pottery

2
days
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 3rd (Mon), head off the coast to Coney Island, then browse the fresh offerings at Strandhill People's Market, then experience rural life at Atlantic Sheepdogs, and finally don't miss a visit to Creevykeel Court Tomb. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at The Model, home of the Niland Collection, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney, and then tee off at County Sligo Golf Club.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sligo trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Achill Island to Sligo takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Achill Island in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sligo, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

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Grange
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Atlantic Sheepdogs ©
Atlantic Sheepdogs
Streedagh Beach ©
Streedagh Beach

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