13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Buncrana
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Sligo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Killarney
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Budapest

1
night
Buncrana

Buncrana
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. On the 29th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Back Strand Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Straghill Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunree Bay.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buncrana online itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Budapest, Hungary to Buncrana. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Buncrana is somewhat warmer than Budapest - with highs of 9°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Buncrana

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Back Strand Beach

3
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Creevelea Friary and Belleek Castle Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Narin Beach and Dunmoran Strand. Get out of town with these interesting Sligo side-trips: Kennedy of Ardara (in Ardara) and Carrowmore Beach (in Carrowmore-Lacken). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Strandhill Beach and look for gifts at Michael Quirke - Wood Carver.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sligo holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Buncrana to Sligo. December in Sligo sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kennedy of Ardara, Narin Beach, Carrowmore Beach, Creevelea Friary, Belleek Castle Museum
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Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Dunmoran Strand ©
Dunmoran Strand

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Renvyle Beach. Get some cultural insight at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Salthill Promenade. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: O`Dalaigh Jewellers (in Clifden) and Coral Beach (in Carraroe). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tyrone House.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Renvyle Beach, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin), O`Dalaigh Jewellers, Tyrone House
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Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)
O`Dalaigh Jewellers ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers
Tyrone House ©
Tyrone House

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): play a few rounds at Mount Juliet Estate, explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, and then step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Irish Whiskey Tasting Event, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip generator.

You can drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Cashel
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Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Mount Juliet Estate ©
Mount Juliet Estate
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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