31 days in Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Ireland Itinerary

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31 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Caherdaniel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Westport
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Sligo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Ardara
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
End: Detroit

4
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rock of Cashel and Fota Wildlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kinsale (Charles Fort, Kinsale Silver, & more) and Cobh (Cobh Cathedral & Titanic Experience Cobh). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at The English Market, look for gifts at Bunker Vinyl and Studio, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cork day trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Cork is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. In May, Cork is a bit cooler than Detroit - with highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh, Rock of Cashel, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Cahir Castle
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

4
days
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gap of Dunloe and Ross Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Glengarriff (Glengarriff Nature Reserve & Garnish Island) and Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm & Verart Sculpture Garden). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, make a trip to Ladies' View, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, and hike along Torc Mountain Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip website .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Killarney are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kenmare, Glengarriff
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Climbing Tours
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

4
days
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps and tourist information, use the Dingle online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Dingle, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Caherdaniel.

Things to do in Dingle

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Tours

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, The Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

3
days
Caherdaniel

Caherdaniel ©
Caherdaniel is a village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on the Iveragh peninsula on the Ring of Kerry. Step off the beaten path and head to Ring of Kerry and Allihies Copper Mine Trail. Go for a jaunt from Caherdaniel to Ballinskelligs to see Skelligs Chocolate Co. about 44 minutes away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 15th (Sat) at Skellig Michael. There's still lots to do: hike along Irish Fairy Trails, don't miss a visit to Loher stone fort, step off the mainland to explore Abbey Island, and steep yourself in history at The Atlantic Telegraph Waterville.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Caherdaniel trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Dingle to Caherdaniel by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Caherdaniel

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Waterville, Allihies Copper Mine Trail
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Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry
Allihies Copper Mine Trail ©
Allihies Copper Mine Trail

4
days
Westport

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 Connemara National Park and Atlantic Drive on Achill Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore), DK Connemara Oysters Ltd (in Dawros More) and Sky Rd (in Clifden). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Newport Railway Viaduct.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Westport online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Caherdaniel to Westport in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Galway, Newport Railway Viaduct, DK Connemara Oysters Ltd, Sky Rd, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Connemara National Park ©
Connemara National Park
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

4
days
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coney Island and Ballaghbeama Gap. Step out of Sligo to go to Dromahair and see Adventure Gently, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Atlantic Sheepdogs, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rathcormac Artisan Food and Craft Market, head outdoors with Hazelwood, and take in the pleasant sights at Gleniff Horseshoe.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sligo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sligo when traveling from Westport in May, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ardara.

Things to do in Sligo

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Atlantic Sheepdogs, Mullaghmore Coast, Ballaghbeama Gap, Gleniff Horseshoe, Adventure Gently
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Atlantic Sheepdogs ©
Atlantic Sheepdogs
Coney Island ©
Coney Island
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

4
days
Ardara

Ardara ©
Ardara, pronounced "Ardra", is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Slieve League and Glenveagh Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Ray Church. (in Falcarragh), Muckross Head Peninsula (in Kilcar) and Cruit Island Golf Club (in Kincasslagh). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Doagh Famine Village, trek along Carrick River Walk, head outdoors with Cliffs of Bunglas, Slieve League, and make a trip to Kilclooney Dolmen Donegal.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ardara trip itinerary app .

Drive from Sligo to Ardara in 1.5 hours. May in Ardara sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Ardara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Donegal, Donegal Castle, Ray Church., Muckross Head Peninsula, Slieve League
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Cruit Island Golf Club ©
Cruit Island Golf Club
Doagh Famine Village ©
Doagh Famine Village
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chester Beatty Library and Powerscourt Gardens and House. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Trim Castle (in Trim) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at National Botanic Gardens, wander the streets of Grafton Street, let the kids burn off some steam at People's Park, and admire the striking features of Christ Church Cathedral.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dublin attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Ardara to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Ardara in May, Dublin is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Trim Castle, People's Park
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Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Chester Beatty Library ©
Chester Beatty Library
National Botanic Gardens ©
National Botanic Gardens

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