50 days in Ireland Itinerary

50 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland holiday planner

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Dublin
— 8 nights
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Kilkenny
— 6 nights
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Wexford
— 5 nights
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Waterford
— 6 nights
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Kinsale
— 5 nights
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Dingle
— 5 nights
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Doolin
— 3 nights
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Galway
— 6 nights
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— 5 nights
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Dublin

— 8 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kids will enjoy Temple Bar and Merrion Square. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Dublin. December in Dublin sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 24:

Kilkenny

— 6 nights

Marble City

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.
Attractions like Kilkenny Castle and Castlecomer Discovery Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Holycross Abbey (in Tipperary) and Heywood Gardens (in Abbeyleix). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip planner.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:

Wexford

— 5 nights
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Kids will appreciate attractions like Curracloe Beach and Enniscorthy Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wexford: Gorey (Zozimus Bookshop, Kia Ora Mini Farm, &more), Ring of Hook (in New Ross) and Ballymoney Beach (in Ballymoney). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aidan's Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Our Ladys Island Lake, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wexford trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Wexford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wexford can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mayfield Birds of Prey and Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterford: Kilmacthomas Railway Viaduct (in Kilmacthomas), Clonea Beach (in Dungarvan) and Ardmore Round Tower (in Ardmore). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, look for gifts at Hibernian Gifts, take a memorable drive along Comeragh Drive, and kick back and relax at Tramore Beach.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Waterford tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Wexford to Waterford by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Waterford

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:

Kinsale

— 5 nights
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.
Attractions like Fota Wildlife Park and Michael Collins Centre make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kinsale: Cobh (President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, Annie Moore Monument, &more). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kinsale online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Kinsale takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kinsale sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Dingle

— 5 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kids will enjoy Inch Beach and Slea Head Drive. Take a break from Dingle with a short trip to Banna Strand in Tralee, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Dingle Peninsula, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, stroll through Wine Strand Beach, and kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle road trip app.

Getting from Kinsale to Dingle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Doolin

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kids will enjoy Cliffs of Moher and Aillwee Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Doolin: Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Burren Birds of Prey Centre (in Ballyvaughan). And it doesn't end there: walk around Burren National Park, examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, experience rural life at The Farmyard, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lahinch Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Doolin trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Dingle to Doolin by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Galway

— 6 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Family-friendly places like Curraghduff Farm and Salthill Beaches will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cong (The Quiet Man Museum, Ireland's School of Falconry, &more). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Loughwell Farm Park, admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, and don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Doolin to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Doolin in January, expect nights in Galway to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:

Westport

— 5 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Great Western Greenway and Killary Sheep Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Achill Island (Achill Seaweed Baths & Deserted Village), Atlantic Drive (in Achill Sound) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, appreciate the views at Doolough Valley, take in nature's colorful creations at Westport House, and enjoy some diversion at The Wild West Indoor Play Village.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Westport road trip tool.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. January in Westport sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:

Ireland travel guide

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Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.