39 days in Ireland Itinerary

39 days in Ireland Itinerary

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39 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
train + foot + Fly:  17​h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Buncrana
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kenmare
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kinsale
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Wexford
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Kilkenny
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + foot + train:  18​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
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: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, browse the exhibits of Dublin Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Dublin reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

4
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buncrana: Kinnagoe Bay (in Greencastle), Carrickfin Strand (in Annagry) and Back Strand Beach (in Falcarragh). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Dunree Bay, stroll through Lisfannon Strand, make a trip to Inishowen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, Buncrana.

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Traveling by car from Dublin to Buncrana takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Buncrana are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Buncrana

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Back Strand Beach, Carrickfin Strand, Poison Glen, Fahan Lookout, Kinnagoe Bay
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Kinnagoe Bay ©
Kinnagoe Bay
Inishowen ©
Inishowen
Wains World ©
Wains World

2
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Gore Knox Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosserk Friary, then examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, and finally make a trip to Saint Mary's Well. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Burrishoole Abbey, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, and finally see the interesting displays at The North Mayo Heritage Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ballina sightseeing website .

Drive from Buncrana to Ballina in 3 hours. Traveling from Buncrana in January, expect little chillier with lows of 2°C in Ballina. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Ballina

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Burrishoole Abbey, Michael Davitt Museum, Bike and Boards
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
The North Mayo Heritage Centre ©
The North Mayo Heritage Centre
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Burren National Park (in Corofin), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Spend the 10th (Thu) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. There's lots more to do: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, and don't miss a visit to Eyre Square.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Ballina to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Carran Medieval Church, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
The Burren ©
The Burren

5
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Step out of Dingle to go to Castlegregory and see Original Kerry Craft Centre, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: get great views at Brian de Staic Jeweller, sample the tasty concoctions at West Kerry Brewery, get a taste of the local shopping with John Weldon Jewellers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle day trip site .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Dingle, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry Brewery, Original Kerry Craft Centre
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Brian de Staic Jeweller ©
Brian de Staic Jeweller
Mount Brandon ©
Mount Brandon

4
nights
Kenmare

Kenmare ©
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
Get out of town with these interesting Kenmare side-trips: Beara Way (in Glengarriff), Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra) and Killarney (Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, & more). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, view the masterpieces at Norman McCloskey Photography, and look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kenmare trip itinerary site .

Drive from Dingle to Kenmare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Kenmare can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Killarney, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Beara Way
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kinsale: Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney), Cobh (Cobh Cathedral, Colmans Cathedral Ireland, & more) and Cork (St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork City Gaol, & more). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery Kinsale, and steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

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Drive from Kenmare to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wexford.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Cobh, Cork, Blarney Castle & Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Colmans Cathedral Ireland ©
Colmans Cathedral Ireland

4
nights
Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wexford: Mount Leinster (in Bunclody), Quadventure (in Clonroche) and 3D Archery Ireland (in New Ross). The adventure continues: stroll through Curracloe Beach, contemplate the long history of Tintern Abbey, see the interesting displays at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Aidan's Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wexford travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Wexford takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Wexford can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, County Wexford, 3D Archery Ireland, Quadventure, Mount Leinster
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Quadventure ©
Quadventure
Mount Leinster ©
Mount Leinster

5
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.
Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Waterford (Comeragh Drive, King of the Vikings VR, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, get lost in a book at Kilkenny City Library, get your game on at Kilkenny Activity Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Edmund Rice Heritage Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny tour planner.

Getting from Wexford to Kilkenny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Breweries

Side Trip

Waterford
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
King of the Vikings VR ©
King of the Vikings VR
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Capuchin Friary ©
Capuchin Friary

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