18 days in Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  7​h
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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.
Dublin is known for sightseeing, breweries, museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, don't miss a visit to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Old Jameson Distillery, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Naxxar, Malta to Dublin. Traveling from Naxxar to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Dublin is little chillier than Naxxar - with highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, examine the collection at Reginald's Tower, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Rothe House and Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Black Abbey, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Brewery Corner.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny trip builder.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trip

Waterford
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©

2
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.
On the 5th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, then look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, and finally look for gifts at Aunty Nellies Sweet Shop. Keep things going the next day: stop by Kinsale Silver, then stop by Giles Norman Photography, then tee off at Old Head Golf Links, and finally steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale vacation planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Blarney Castle & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Ladies' View, admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, and then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Killarney trip builder.

Drive from Kinsale to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

1
night
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Irish Crafts, explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, then trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Liscannor travel itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Killarney to Liscannor. In December, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Doolin
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
Irish Crafts - Doolin ©
Irish Crafts - Doolin

4
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.
Step out of Galway to go to Bunratty and see Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, which is approximately 1:30 hours away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Hillwalk Tours, stroll through Eyre Square, enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, and get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Galway vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Liscannor to Galway. December in Galway sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, appreciate the history behind Great Famine National Monument, and then explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, find something for the whole family at Westport House & Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Westport, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Michael Davitt Museum, Ballintubber Abbey, National Famine Monument
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

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