25 days in Ireland Itinerary

25 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland journey planner

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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Westport
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Westport
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 4 nights
Drive
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Doolin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waterford
— 3 nights
Bus
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 6 nights
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Westport

— 2 nights
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 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Great Western Greenway, then stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and then experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Belleek Castle Museum, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, and then look for gifts at Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Westport online sightseeing planner.

Washington, USA to Westport is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington to Westport due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in December, you will find days in Westport are little chillier (45°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Galway

— 4 nights

City of the Tribes

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: Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk), Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard) and Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry & Ashford Castle). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Galway Bay, admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, stroll through Salthill Beaches, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Galway are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Doolin

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Get out of town with these interesting Doolin side-trips: Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Corofin (Burren National Park & The Farmyard). There's lots more to do: get great views at Cliffs of Moher, explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Doolin travel route planning website.

Getting from Galway to Doolin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kinsale

— 3 nights
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: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra) and Cobh (President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, Titanic Experience Cobh, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kinsale holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Kinsale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

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Waterford

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterford: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Enniscorthy Castle (in Enniscorthy). The adventure continues: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and appreciate the history behind John Condon Memorial.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Waterford trip planning site.

You can drive from Kinsale to Waterford in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Waterford, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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Kilkenny

— 3 nights

Marble City

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kilkenny to Carlow to see Royal Oak Distillery about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, stroll around Castlecomer Discovery Park, appreciate the history behind Kells Priory, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny route builder website.

Traveling by bus from Waterford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Dublin

— 6 nights

Fair City

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, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, stroll around Phoenix Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin tour app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Ireland travel guide

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Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.