16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Ballina
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Falcarragh
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Buncrana
— 3 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
End: London

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple Bar and Trinity College Dublin. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kilmainham Gaol and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Portmarnock Beach in Portmarnock (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, examine the collection at Chester Beatty Library, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Old Jameson Distillery, and make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In March, daytime highs in Dublin are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Portmarnock Beach
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
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 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Galway Arts Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Cliffs of Moher and Fanore Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Lahinch Beach in Lahinch (about 1:35 hours away). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square.

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

Getting from Kilkenny to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ballina.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahinch Beach, Cliffs of Moher, Fanore Beach, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach

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nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Michael Davitt Museum and Moyne Abbey. Get outdoors at Mulranny Strand and The Great Western Greenway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ballina: Silver Strand Beach (in Malin Beg), Parade (in Newport) and Carrowmore Beach (in Carrowmore-Lacken).

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ballina trip generator.

Traveling by car from Galway to Ballina takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Ballina can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Falcarragh.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Killala, Michael Davitt Museum, The Great Western Greenway, Silver Strand Beach, Mulranny Strand
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach
Mulranny Strand ©
Mulranny Strand

1
night
Falcarragh

Falcarragh ©
An Fál Carrach, sometimes called Na Crois Bhealaí is a small Gaeltacht town and townland in north-west County Donegal, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Muckish Mountain and then kick back and relax at Back Strand Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Falcarragh holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Ballina to Falcarragh with the Route module. Traveling from Ballina in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Falcarragh, with lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Falcarragh

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Muckish Mountain
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Muckish Mountain ©
Muckish Mountain

3
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Mary's Church, Buncrana and O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle. Relax by the water at Lisfannon Strand and Dunree Bay. Explore Buncrana's surroundings by going to Culdaff Beach (in Culdaff) and Five Fingers Strand (in Malin). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Straghill Beach, kick back and relax at Buncrana Beach, and make a trip to Amazing Grace Viewing Platform.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buncrana trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Falcarragh to Buncrana. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C.

Things to do in Buncrana

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Culdaff Beach, Five Fingers Strand
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Five Fingers Strand ©
Five Fingers Strand
St Mary's Church, Buncrana ©
St Mary's Church, Buncrana
Ned's Point Fort ©
Ned's Point Fort

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