40 days in Ireland Itinerary

40 days in Ireland Itinerary

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40 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  34​h
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Dingle
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Galway
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
Buncrana
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Wexford
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kilkenny
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Dublin
— 6 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Christchurch

3
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.
Blarney Castle & Gardens and Colmans Cathedral Ireland will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Old Head Golf Links and Fota Wildlife Park. Change things up with a short trip to Titanic Experience Cobh in Cobh (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, stop by Granny's Bottom Drawer, take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kinsale trip itinerary planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Kinsale is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Christchurch to Kinsale due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Christchurch in December: highs in Kinsale hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Cobh, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Fota Wildlife Park
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Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre ©
Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre
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.
Do your shopping at Skyline Gallery and The Weavers Shop. Take a break from the city and head to Killarney National Park and Bridges of Ross. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Kenmare (Kenmare Soap Shop, Gleninchaquin Park, & more), Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre (in Kilrush) and Kilkee Beach (in Kilkee). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Garnish Island.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney road trip planning app .

You can drive from Kinsale to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kilkee, Garnish Island, Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Kilkee Beach ©
Kilkee Beach

6
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Carol Cronin Gallery and Dingle Artworks. Head to Penny's Pottery and Dingle Record Shopfor some retail therapy. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Inch Beach, head off the coast to Great Blasket Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Ventry Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle road trip tool .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Dingle are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Ventry, Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Coumeenoole Beach ©
Coumeenoole Beach

5
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.
Relax by the water at Fanore Beach and Spanish Point Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Corcomroe Abbey. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Burren Birds of Prey Centre (in Ballyvaughan), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and McKernan Woollen Mills (in Tuamgraney). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, stop by Seoidin, play a few rounds at Galway Bay Golf Resort, and kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Galway trip planner .

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dingle in December; daily highs in Galway reach 8°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Galway

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Ennis, Spanish Point Beach, Corcomroe Abbey, Fanore Beach, Burren National Park
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Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

3
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ballagh Studio and Ray Church.. Take a break from the city and head to Five Fingers Strand and Culdaff Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre (in Clonmany) and Kinnagoe Bay (in Greencastle). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lisfannon Strand, kick back and relax at Porthaw Beach, and admire the sheer force of Glenevin Waterfall.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Buncrana trip planner .

Drive from Galway to Buncrana in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Galway in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buncrana, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Wexford.

Things to do in Buncrana

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Clonmany, Kinnagoe Bay, Five Fingers Strand, Ballagh Studio, Ray Church.
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Five Fingers Strand ©
Five Fingers Strand
Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre ©
Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre
Kinnagoe Bay ©
Kinnagoe Bay

3
nights
Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Step out of the city life by going to Curracloe Beach and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ferns Castle and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wexford: Curracloe Beach (in Enniscorthy), Seal Rescue Ireland (in Courtown) and New Ross Books (in New Ross). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Irish National Heritage Park, kick back and relax at Baginbun Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception, and contemplate the long history of The Bull Ring.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wexford trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Buncrana to Wexford in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daytime highs in Wexford are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Wexford

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

County Wexford, Enniscorthy, Seal Rescue Ireland, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Curracloe Beach
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Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve ©
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve

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.
Kilkenny Castle and Rothe House and Garden will appeal to history buffs. Head to Darcys Treasures and Kilkenny Handwrought Silverfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Waterford (Reginald's Tower, Kilmurrin Cove, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Castlecomer Discovery Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny.

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Traveling by car from Wexford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Breweries

Side Trip

Waterford
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

6
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 explore and learn at Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. Grafton Street and Trinity College Dublin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, get your bearings at Chester Beatty Library, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Dublin day trip planning app .

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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