60 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

60 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wexford, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus
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Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tipperary, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Kenmare, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Limerick, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Ennis, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Doolin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Galway
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
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Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Drogheda, Ireland
— 19 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), stroll around Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hidden Trails Guided Tours and then steep yourself in history at Duiske Abbey.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny online route maker.

San Francisco, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Kilkenny hover around 47°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Wexford, Ireland

— 2 nights
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Baginbun Beach, then contemplate the long history of The Bull Ring, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Iberius Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Courtown Woods, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Rescue Ireland, and then kick back and relax at Ballymoney Beach.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wexford attractions planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Wexford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Waterford, Ireland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayfield Birds of Prey, and then relax and rejuvenate at Sólás Na Mara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Ballyhack Castle, play a few rounds at Waterford Castle Golf Club, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Waterford journey maker site.

Traveling by bus from Wexford to Waterford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Tipperary.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Tipperary, Ireland

— 1 night
Tipperary is a town and a civil parish in County Tipperary, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Rock of Cashel, get to know the fascinating history of St. Declan's Way, and then explore the ancient world of Athassel Priory.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tipperary online itinerary planner.

Getting from Waterford to Tipperary by car takes about an hour. January in Tipperary sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Tipperary

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Cork, Ireland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): head outdoors with Play Gaelic Games, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cork driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Tipperary to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Cork

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Kenmare, Ireland

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Glengarriff Nature Reserve, explore the ancient world of Uragh Stone Circle, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kenmare trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kenmare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kenmare are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kenmare

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Killarney, Ireland

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Banna Strand and Killarney Falconry. Step out of the city life by going to Torc Mountain Walk and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Gougane Barra Church (in Gougane Barra) and St. John's Church (in Tralee). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, and take some stellar pictures from Moll's Gap.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Killarney online tour builder.

Drive from Kenmare to Killarney in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Killarney sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Dingle, Ireland

— 3 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Get a sense of the local culture at Riasc and Dun Chaoin Pier. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Rossbeigh Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dingle online trip builder.

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. In January in Dingle, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Limerick, Ireland

— 1 night
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and then get outside with Flannerys.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Limerick day trip app.

Drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Limerick

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Ennis, Ireland

— 1 night
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Clare Equestrian Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clare Abbey, and then relax and rejuvenate at Royal Thai Massage Ennis.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ennis road trip planner.

Getting from Limerick to Ennis by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Ennis can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Ennis

Spas · Historic Sites · Casinos · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

Doolin, Ireland

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Burren and Doolin Cave. Step out of the city life by going to Cliffs of Moher and Beauty Of The Burren Walks. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, relax and rejuvenate at Lahinch Yoga Studio, and play a few rounds at Doolin Pitch & Putt.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Doolin trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Ennis to Doolin in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

Inishmore, Ireland

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 22nd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Teampall Chiarain, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, and then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla and then discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Inishmore day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Doolin to Inishmore takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Inishmore are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Galway, Ireland

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Tue), stroll through Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches and then admire the landmark architecture of Kilmacduagh Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Galway planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Inishmore in January, you will find days in Galway are a bit cooler (43°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Westport, Ireland

— 2 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Great Western Greenway and then steep yourself in history at The Lost Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Drummindoo Stud and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Westport online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Westport sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Donegal Town, Ireland

— 1 night
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
On the 28th (Sat), cruise along Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route, step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rossnowlagh Beach, and finally snap pictures at Fairy Bridges.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Donegal Town journey planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Donegal Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Westport in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 41°F in Donegal Town. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:

Sligo, Ireland

— 2 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get outside with Hazelwood, take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea, and then stroll through Strandhill Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney, see some colorful creatures with Freedive Ireland, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Glencar Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Sligo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Donegal Town to Sligo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in January, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Derry.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Derry, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Maiden City

Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Prehen House and then stroll the grounds of Derry City Cemetery.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Derry online route planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Derry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Derry are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 5 nights
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral Quarter and Basil Sheils. Take a break from the city and head to WWT Castle Espie and Blackhead Path. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belfast: Murlough National Nature Reserve (in Newcastle) and World of Owls (in Randalstown). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Oh Yeah Music Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Malachy's Church, and steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Belfast trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Belfast, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:

Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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.
Kilmainham Gaol Museum and 14 Henrietta Street will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chester Beatty and Feelgood Activities. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, brush up on your military savvy at Richmond Barracks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dublin Falconry.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vale of Glendalough.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

Vale of Glendalough, Ireland

— 2 nights
If you're seeking a view of Ireland's sweeping scenery, visit the rugged and romantic Vale of Glendalough, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement.
On the 9th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Irish Working Sheepdogs, trek along St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wicklow Mountains National Park.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vale of Glendalough trip planning site.

Drive from Dublin to Vale of Glendalough in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Drogheda.

Things to do in Vale of Glendalough

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

Drogheda, Ireland

— 19 nights
Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland, known for its tourism and as a centre of industry and medical care. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bru na Boinne and Mellifont Abbey. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Deerpark Forest Walk and Hill of Slane. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Drogheda: Dundalk (Castle Roche & Dundalk Stadium), Monaghan County Museum (in Monaghan) and Carlingford (Carlingford Lough Greenway & Carlingford to Omeath Greenway). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, admire the landmark architecture of St. Laurence Gate, explore the historical opulence of Hatch's Castle, and steep yourself in history at Newgrange.

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Getting from Vale of Glendalough to Drogheda by car takes about 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Drogheda

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — Mar 1:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.