29 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

29 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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29 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Train + Fly:  6 h
1
Cork, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Killarney, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Westport, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h
End: Brussels, Belgium

4
nights
Cork, Ireland

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.
Popular historic sites such as Camden Fort Meagher and St. Peter and Paul's Church are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Tramore Beach and Clonea Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: Birds of Prey Educational Centre (in Midleton), Knockmealdown Mountains (in Clogheen) and Mitchelstown Cave (in Burncourt). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey, walk around Ballincollig Regional Park, get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Well.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cork holiday app .

Brussels, Belgium to Cork is an approximately 6-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Brussels to Cork, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in July, you will find days in Cork are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dungarvan, Ballyhoura Trailriders, Birds of Prey Educational Centre, Collegiate Church Of St. Mary, Knockmealdown Mountains
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Mitchelstown Cave ©
Mitchelstown Cave
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey Educational Centre ©
Birds of Prey Educational Centre

6
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll get in some beach time at Banna Strand and Rossbeigh Beach. Popular historic sites such as Innisfallen Island and Listowel Castle are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballybunion Golf Club (in Ballybunion), Ardfert Cathedral (in Ardfert) and Tralee (Tralee Golf Club & Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre). The adventure continues: get outside with Ring of Beara, contemplate the waterfront views at Lough Hyne, trek along Torc Mountain Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Healy Pass.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kenmare, Tralee, Glengarriff, Glenbeigh, Sherkin Island
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Banna Strand
Banna Strand
Healy Pass ©
Healy Pass
Barleycove Beach ©
Barleycove Beach

4
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Minard Castle and Dun Chaoin Pier. We've included these beaches for you: Wine Strand Beach and Ventry Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Dingle side-trips: Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee), Glanteenassig Wood (in Castlegregory) and Dursey Island (in Crookhaven). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, head outdoors with Kingdom Falconry, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and take in the waterfront activity at Dingle Marina.

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You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Dingle sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Castlegregory, Dingle Peninsula, Ventry, Dun Chaoin Pier, Blasket Islands
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Skellig Ring Scenic Drive ©
Skellig Ring Scenic Drive
Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle
Glenteenassig Forest Park ©
Glenteenassig Forest Park

6
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Visit Lahinch Beach and Salthill Beaches for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glengowla Mines and Quin Abbey. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Clare Coastal Walk Project (in Doolin), Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe (in Kinvara) and Liscannor (Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park, Hag's Head, &more). And it doesn't end there: tee off at Lahinch Golf Club, contemplate the long history of The Irish Workhouse Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and have some family-friendly fun at Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park.

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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. Traveling from Dingle in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Galway. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Liscannor, Oughterard, Ennis, Athlone, Lahinch
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Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park ©
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Burren way ©
Burren way

5
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Explore hidden gems such as Eagles Flying and Drumcliffe Church. Relax by the water at Keel Beach and Silver Strand. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Parke's Castle (in Leitrim), Sligo (Tobernalt Holy Well, Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney, &more) and Adventure Gently (in Dromahair). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Lost Valley, trek along Clew Bay Archaeological Trail, stroll through Erris Head Loop Walk, and explore the striking landscape of Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Westport trip planner.

Getting from Galway to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Portrush.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sligo, Cong, Ballymote, Leenane, Achill Island
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Drumcliffe Church ©
Drumcliffe Church
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Eagles Flying ©
Eagles Flying

3
nights
Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ballycastle Beach and Portrush East Strand. Get in touch with nature at White Park Bay and Coast Rd. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portrush: Derry (St. Augustine's Church & St. Columb's Cathedral), Murlough Bay and Fair Head (in Ballycastle) and Ballygally Beach (in Ballygally). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, play a few rounds at Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links, stroll through Downhill Beach, and make a splash at Waterworld - Portrush.

For maps, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Portrush trip planner.

Getting from Westport to Portrush by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Westport in August, Portrush is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portrush

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Derry, Ballycastle, Castlerock, Coast Rd, Glenariff Forest Park
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Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand
Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
White Park Bay ©
White Park Bay

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