32 days in Ireland Itinerary

32 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Buncrana
— 3 nights
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Carrick
— 2 nights
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Sligo
— 2 nights
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Westport
— 3 nights
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Galway
— 3 nights
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Dingle
— 4 nights
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Kinsale
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 4 nights
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Dublin
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Buncrana

— 3 nights
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Doagh Famine village and O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre and Five Fingers Strand. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buncrana: Pollan Beach (in Ballyliffin), Back Strand Beach (in Falcarragh) and Culdaff Beach (in Culdaff). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Dunree Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Straghill Beach, don't miss a visit to Amazing Grace Viewing Platform, Walk and Park!, and visit a coastal fixture at Buncrana Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buncrana route planner.

Dublin to Buncrana is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Dublin in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buncrana, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Carrick.

Things to do in Buncrana

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Carrick

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Slieve League, then enjoy the sand and surf at Narin Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Donegal Designer Makers. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fintra Beach, kick back and relax at Muckross Head Peninsula, and then kick back and relax at Silver Strand Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carrick tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Buncrana to Carrick in 2 hours. In May in Carrick, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Sligo

— 2 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Flying, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Knocknarea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rossnowlagh Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ireland, then step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and finally tee off at Donegal Golf Club.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sligo attractions planner.

Drive from Carrick to Sligo in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Westport

— 3 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Holy Trinity Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and The Great Western Greenway. Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Dugort Beach (in Dugort), The Lost Valley (in Silver Strand) and Sky Rd (in Clifden). There's more to do: ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud and steep yourself in history at Jacks Old Cottage.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Westport road trip site.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sligo in May since evenings lows in Westport dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Galway

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wild Atlantic Way and Poulnabrone Dolmen. Get some historical perspective at King John's Castle and Oranmore Castle. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Fanore Beach (in Fanore), Clare Equestrian Centre (in Doora) and Burren Birds of Prey Centre (in Ballyvaughan). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade and walk around Eyre Square.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Galway road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Dingle

— 4 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Get outdoors at Slea Head Drive and Dingle Peninsula. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Conor Pass and Great Blasket Island. Step out of Dingle to go to Castlegregory and see Caherconree Fort, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island, explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, kick back and relax at Clogher Strand, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dingle Distillery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Dingle sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey. Get in touch with nature at Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare) and Ring of Kerry Golf Club (in Templenoe). There's more to do: appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe and make a trip to Ladies' View.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Killarney itinerary maker app.

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Kinsale

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co, and finally contemplate the long history of Charles Fort. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kinsale online visit planner.

Drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Kinsale sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Kilkenny

— 4 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.
Visiting Curracloe Beach and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hook Lighthouse and Hore Abbey. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Ballinoulart Beach (in Wexford), Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny route planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Dublin

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wicklow Mountains National Park and Chester Beatty. Trim Castle and Bru na Boinne will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Malahide Castle in Malahide--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures, shop like a local with Grafton Street, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip builder.

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, Dublin is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

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.