32 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Westport
— 1 night
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Liscannor
— 1 night
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Limerick
— 2 nights
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Dingle
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 4 nights
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Cobh
— 4 nights
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Waterford
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Dublin
— 6 nights

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Westport — 1 night

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Westport House, grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, and then explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, then sample the fine beverages at Loch Measc Distillery, and finally relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Westport road trip planning website.

Dublin to Westport is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galway.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan), Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard) and Corofin (The Farmyard & Burren National Park). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, walk around Eyre Square, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galway tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Galway are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Liscannor.
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Liscannor — 1 night

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Galway to Liscannor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Limerick.
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Limerick — 2 nights

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and then stroll through Castlefergus Equestrian. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle, admire the striking features of Ennis Friary, and then learn the secrets of beer at Ollie's Tours - Doolin.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Limerick road trip planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Limerick sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dingle.
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Dingle — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, view the masterpieces at Dingle Artworks, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip maker site.

You can drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra), Kenmare (Lorge Chocolatier & Norman McCloskey Photography) and Kinsale (Charles Fort, Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, &more). Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, and view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Killarney online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cobh.
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Cobh — 4 nights

Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Cobh is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Fota Wildlife Park, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, browse the different shops at Turkish Delights, and appreciate the history behind Annie Moore Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cobh trip builder tool.

Getting from Killarney to Cobh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cobh can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Waterford.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Waterford: Ring of Hook (in New Ross), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). There's much more to do: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, don't miss a visit to The Clock Tower, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and contemplate the long history of Loftus Hall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Waterford road trip app.

You can drive from Cobh to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kilkenny.
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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 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry, and take in the exciting artwork at Valerie Walshe Contemporary.

Make your Kilkenny itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Waterford to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dublin.
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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: wander the streets of Temple Bar, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Dublin are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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