42 days in County Waterford, County Cork & County Kerry Itinerary

42 days in County Waterford, County Cork & County Kerry Itinerary

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Waterford
— 6 nights
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Cork
— 9 nights
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Skibbereen
— 4 nights
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Caherdaniel
— 2 nights
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Valentia Island
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 11 nights
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Dingle
— 6 nights
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Waterford

— 6 nights
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Relax by the water at Tramore Beach and Kilmurrin Cove. Get a sense of the local culture at King of the Vikings and Christ Church Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Waterford: Dungarvan (Dungarvan Golf Club, Dungarvan Castle, &more), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Glenshelane Woods (in Cappoquin). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Waterford Greenway, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, play a few rounds at Waterford Castle Golf Club, and make a trip to The Viking Triangle.

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Dublin to Waterford is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in July since evenings lows in Waterford dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Cork

— 9 nights

Rebel City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Fin Barre's Cathedral and Speed Boats Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: The Donkey Sanctuary (in Mallow), Doneraile Wildlife Park (in Doneraile) and Ballycotton Cliff Walk (in Ballycotton). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church, steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Cork, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Skibbereen.

Things to do in Cork

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Skibbereen

— 4 nights
Skibbereen, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Visit Inchydoney Beach and Warren Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Drombeg Stone Circle and Healy Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skibbereen: Three Castle Head (in Dunlough), Barleycove Beach (in Schull) and West Cork Model Railway Village (in Clonakilty). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Sherkin Island, take in nature's colorful creations at The Ewe Experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bantry House & Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lough Hyne.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Skibbereen day trip planning site.

You can drive from Cork to Skibbereen in 1.5 hours. In July in Skibbereen, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Caherdaniel.

Things to do in Skibbereen

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Caherdaniel

— 2 nights
Caherdaniel is a village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on the Iveragh peninsula on the Ring of Kerry. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head off the coast to Skellig Michael. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Waterville Golf Links, kick back and relax at Derrynane Beach, then steep yourself in history at Derrynane House, and finally don't miss a visit to Staigue Fort.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Caherdaniel trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Skibbereen to Caherdaniel takes 2 hours. In August in Caherdaniel, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Valentia Island.

Things to do in Caherdaniel

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Valentia Island

— 3 nights
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cahergall Fort and Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church. Get outdoors at Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Step out of Valentia Island to go to Cahersiveen and see Kells Bay House & Gardens, which is approximately 40 minutes away.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Valentia Island trip maker site.

Drive from Caherdaniel to Valentia Island in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Valentia Island

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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Killarney

— 11 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Take a break from the city and head to Killarney National Park and Killarney Falconry. Get a sense of the local culture at Muckross Abbey and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Kenmare (Holy Cross Church, Cromwell's Bridge, &more), Beara Way (in Glengarriff) and Ring of Kerry Golf Club (in Templenoe). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Carrantoohil.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Killarney journey maker website.

You can drive from Valentia Island to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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Dingle

— 6 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilmalkedar Church and Gallarus Oratory. Discover out-of-the-way places like Slea Head Drive and Great Blasket Island. When in Dingle, make a side trip to see Rossbeigh Beach in Glenbeigh, approximately Glenbeigh away. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Wine Strand Beach, and stroll through Clogher Strand.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dingle day trip app.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Dingle sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Beaches

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County Waterford travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Gardens
Crystal County
Hugging the southern coast of the country, County Waterford supports a wild coastline, towering mountains, and long rivers. Its volcanic coastline has birthed dozens of beaches, although the Atlantic can make for a cold swim. A part of this shoreline, the Copper Coast, has been recognized as a UNESCO Geopark because of its geological importance, tracing remnants of volcanic activity during the Paleozoic Era and evidence of the last ice age. Home to a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region, the county welcomes visitors with traditional Irish hospitality in the native tongue.

County Cork travel guide

4.3
Rebel County
County Cork has made a name for itself as the home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary limestone rock rumored to give those who kiss it "the gift of the gab." People come from around the world to bend over backwards and put their lips to the rock in the hopes of becoming more eloquent. In Cork, the county's eponymous city, it is said that the accents rise and fall with the city's rolling terrain. The southern county attracts those looking for the iconic green hills, craggy coastline, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Known affectionately as The Rebel County for its role in the Irish War of Independence, this region is proudly Irish, as evidenced in the region's many cultural festivals and events.

County Kerry travel guide

4.5
National Parks · Gardens · Nightlife
The Kingdom
Forming Ireland's southwestern corner, County Kerry encompasses world-renowned landmarks like the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula and features the major city of Killarney at its heart. As a peripheral part of the country, County Kerry supports a thriving traditional Irish culture, including the Irish language, music, and dance. Nearly 5,000 native Irish speakers reside in the area, concentrated in two large Gaeltachts known as Corca Dhuibhne and Uibh Rathach. Many visitors come to enjoy the rugged beauty of Kerry's coastline, lakes, and mountains. Several picturesque walking routes wind their way through the landscape, giving tourists the chance to engage deeply with its untamed nature.