36 days in Ireland Itinerary

36 days in Ireland Itinerary

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36 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  27​h
1
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Westport
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Dublin
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Tintern Abbey (in Wexford), Enniscorthy (The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Curracloe Beach, & more) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, get your game on at Kilkenny Activity Centre, stroll through Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip itinerary builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kilkenny is minus 10 hours. In November, Kilkenny is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trips

County Wexford, Enniscorthy, Curracloe Beach, Tintern Abbey
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Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, look for gifts at Kinsale Silver, look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, then stop by Kinsale Crystal, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Blarney Castle & Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then shop like a local with Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Colmans Cathedral Ireland.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cork are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinsale, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Colmans Cathedral Ireland
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Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Kenmare (The Weavers Shop, Kenmare Soap Shop, & more) and Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra). Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, cruise along Ring of Kerry, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Carrantoohil.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney day trip planning site .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Killarney are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Ring of Kerry
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Carrantoohil ©
Carrantoohil
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

6
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Brian de Staic Jeweller, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.James Church, and kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dingle itinerary planning app .

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Dingle sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry Brewery
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Brian de Staic Jeweller ©
Brian de Staic Jeweller
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

2
nights
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
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. On the 10th (Mon), look for gifts at The Celtic T Shirt Shop, stroll through Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Liscannor trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Dingle to Liscannor in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. December in Liscannor sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Burren National Park, The Celtic T Shirt Shop
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

4
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.
Galway is known for nightlife, historic sites, nature, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, look for gifts at OMG Zhivago, make a trip to Quay Street, and kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner .

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Liscannor in December: highs in Galway hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre

4
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Moyne Abbey (in Killala), Ballina (Rosserk Friary & The North Mayo Heritage Centre) and Silver Strand (in Louisburgh). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Ceide Fields, get outside with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, find something for the whole family at Westport House, and appreciate the history behind National Famine Monument.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport trip planner .

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Mayo, Ballina, National Famine Monument, Silver Strand, Moyne Abbey
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Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Ceide Fields ©
Ceide Fields
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

7
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.
Dublin is known for museums, breweries, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Westport to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Dublin sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St. Stephen's Green ©
St. Stephen's Green

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