60 days in Ireland Itinerary

60 days in Ireland Itinerary

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60 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + bus:  18​h 15​min
1
Kilkenny
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Wexford
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kinsale
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 10 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Ballyvaughan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Buncrana
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Dublin
— 10 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

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 (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Reginald's Tower, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, get your game on at Kilkenny Activity Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and savor the flavors at Brewery Corner.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Kilkenny is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Kilkenny is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for colder days in Kilkenny, with highs around 11°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

#Historic Sites, #Breweries, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Waterford
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Shankill Castle ©
Shankill Castle
Kilkenny Activity Centre ©
Kilkenny Activity Centre

8
nights
Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Explore Wexford's surroundings by going to Curracloe Beach (in Enniscorthy), Mount Leinster (in Bunclody) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ballinoulart Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Tintern Abbey, steep yourself in history at Ballyhack Castle, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aidan's Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wexford visit planner .

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, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kinsale.

Things to do in Wexford

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

County Wexford, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Ferns Castle
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 16:
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Mount Leinster ©
Mount Leinster
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
St. Aidan's Cathedral ©
St. Aidan's Cathedral

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kinsale: Cobh (Tregan Craft Centre, Colmans Cathedral Ireland, & more), Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney) and Cork (Fota Wildlife Park & University College Cork (UCC)). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, savor the flavors at Ballinspittle, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kinsale online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Wexford to Kinsale takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Cobh, Cork, Barryscourt Castle, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

7
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra) and Kenmare (Hallisseys, Kenmare Soap Shop, & more). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Carrantoohil.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenmare, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Ring of Kerry
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Carrantoohil ©
Carrantoohil
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

10
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. On the 6th (Sun), hike the day away at The Dingle Way. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Brian de Staic Jeweller, kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at West Kerry Brewery, and look for gifts at Kathleen McAuliffe.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dingle itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Dingle sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Dingle

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Ventry, West Kerry Brewery
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 8:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Brian de Staic Jeweller ©
Brian de Staic Jeweller
Mount Brandon ©
Mount Brandon

4
nights
Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan ©
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
Explore Ballyvaughan's surroundings by going to Burren National Park (in Corofin), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Spend the 11th (Fri) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, and kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ballyvaughan road trip planning site .

You can drive from Dingle to Ballyvaughan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Galway, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

7
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Get out of town with these interesting Buncrana side-trips: Slieve League (in Carrick), Five Fingers Strand (in Malin) and Carrickabraghy Castle (in Clonmany). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Hill Strand, look for all kinds of wild species at Kinnagoe Bay, don't miss a visit to Newmills Corn and Flax Mill, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Eunan's Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buncrana itinerary planner.

Drive from Ballyvaughan to Buncrana in 4.5 hours. In January in Buncrana, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Buncrana

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Dunfanaghy, Letterkenny, Inishowen, Slieve League, Carrickabraghy Castle
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 19:
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Marble Hill Strand ©
Marble Hill Strand
Five Fingers Strand ©
Five Fingers Strand

10
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, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dublin travel planning site .

You can drive from Buncrana to Dublin in 4 hours. Traveling from Buncrana in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Dublin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 29:
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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