32 days in Ireland Itinerary

32 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dublin
Drive:  3 h 30 min
1
Buncrana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Carrick
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Sligo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
10
Dublin
— 5 nights
End: Dublin

3
nights
Buncrana

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

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, 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

Side Trips

Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre, Back Strand Beach, Doagh Famine village, Five Fingers Strand, Culdaff Beach
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Five Fingers Strand ©
Five Fingers Strand
Doagh Famine village ©
Doagh Famine village
Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre ©
Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre

2
nights
Carrick

Carrick ©
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 find ratings, maps, reviews, 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 Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fintra Beach, Silver Strand Beach, Narin Beach, Donegal Designer Makers, Muckross Head Peninsula
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach
Muckross Head Peninsula ©
Muckross Head Peninsula

2
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
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 photos, traveler tips, maps, 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

Side Trips

Donegal Town, Rossnowlagh Beach, Eagles Flying
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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Eagles Flying ©
Eagles Flying
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
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 The Lost Valley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and Drummindoo Stud. Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Dugort Beach (in Dugort) and Sky Rd (in Clifden). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, steep yourself in history at Jacks Old Cottage, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Westport, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sky Rd, The Lost Valley, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Jacks Old Cottage, Dugort Beach
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley

3
nights
Galway

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

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, 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. 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

Side Trips

Poulnabrone Dolmen, King John's Castle, Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Clare Equestrian Centre, Fanore Beach
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Get outdoors at Slea Head Drive and Coumeenoole Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dingle Peninsula and Gallarus Oratory. Step out of Dingle to go to Castlegregory and see Caherconree Fort, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, sample the fine beverages at Dingle Distillery, and kick back and relax at Clogher Strand.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Dingle trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Caherconree Fort, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
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The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
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 Gap of Dunloe. 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: take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall and make a trip to Ladies' View.

For where to stay, photos, 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

Side Trip

Kenmare
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm ©
Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

2
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
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, 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.

For other places to visit, photos, 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 Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cobh, Inchydoney Beach, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

4
nights
Kilkenny

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

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cashel, Curracloe Beach, Hook Lighthouse, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Ballinoulart Beach
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:
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Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

5
nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Trim Castle and Chester Beatty. Wicklow Mountains National Park and Malahide Castle will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Bru na Boinne in Donore--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, admire the masterpieces at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip builder.

Take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. 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

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Malahide Castle, Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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