21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Stuttgart
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
2
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
5
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Letterkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Glendalough Village
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Stuttgart

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hook Lighthouse, browse the exhibits of Reginald's Tower, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of Medieval Mile Museum.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny online trip itinerary planner .

Stuttgart, Germany to Kilkenny is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Stuttgart to Kilkenny is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Stuttgart in May, you will find days in Kilkenny are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterford, Hore Abbey, Hook Lighthouse, Cahir Castle, Irish National Heritage Park
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Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Inchydoney Beach and Spike Island. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story and Cobh Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Charles Fort (in Kinsale), Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen) and West Cork Model Railway Village (in Clonakilty). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St Fin Barre's Cathedral, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, appreciate the history behind National Monument, and stop by Blarney Woollen Mills.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cork trip website .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Clonakilty, Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Blarney Woollen Mills, Charles Fort
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Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Relax by the water at Banna Strand and Kerry Cliffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Mary's Cathedral and Uragh Stone Circle. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Desmond Hall (in Newcastle West), Foynes Flying Boat Museum (in Foynes) and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare). Spend a day of island exploring on the 2nd (Sun) at Skellig Michael. And it doesn't end there: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, cruise along Ring of Kerry, and don't miss a visit to Ladies' View.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney online route planner .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Killarney are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

County Kerry, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Kerry Cliffs, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Banna Strand
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dingle sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle, make a trip to Quay Street, then appreciate the history behind Galway City Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and finally make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary builder 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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dingle in June since evenings lows in Galway dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Royal Abbey of Cong, Aughnanure Castle, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, and finally take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Croagh Patrick, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Westport online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

County Mayo, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Croagh Patrick ©
Croagh Patrick

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Glenveagh Castle, then admire the verdant scenery at Poison Glen, then step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lisfannon Strand. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Glenveagh National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Letterkenny trip planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Letterkenny takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Letterkenny can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Glendalough Village.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Poison Glen, Donegal Castle, Glenveagh National Park, Lisfannon Strand
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:
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Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle
Glenveagh National Park ©
Glenveagh National Park
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle

3
nights
Glendalough Village

Glendalough Village ©
Get outdoors at Cliff Walk Car Park Bray and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Popular historic sites such as The Mill at Avoca Village and Glendalough Monastic Settlement are in your itinerary. Explore Glendalough Village's surroundings by going to Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (in Dalkey), Trim Castle (in Trim) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry).

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Drive from Letterkenny to Glendalough Village in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Letterkenny in June since evenings lows in Glendalough Village dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glendalough Village

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Glendalough Monastic Settlement, The Mill at Avoca Village, Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:
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The Mill at Avoca Village ©
The Mill at Avoca Village
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Cliff Walk Car Park Bray ©
Cliff Walk Car Park Bray

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