20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  17 h 30 min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Killiney Hill, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bray Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Hill of Tara (Temair), then admire the masterpieces at Russborough House, and then take in the awesome beauty at Dublin Mountains.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary website.

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Dublin. Traveling from New York City in May, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 59°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Dublin

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hill of Tara (Temair), Killiney Hill, Russborough House, Bray Head
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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Dublin Mountains ©
Dublin Mountains
Killiney Hill ©
Killiney Hill
Russborough House ©
Russborough House

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Visiting Belleek Castle Museum and Erris Head Loop Walk will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre and Dog's Bay Beach. When in Westport, make a side trip to see The Farmyard in Corofin, approximately Corofin away. There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with Croagh Patrick Stables, take in the exciting artwork at The Quay Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Westport route maker website.

Getting from Dublin to Westport by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

The Farmyard, Dog's Bay Beach, Erris Head Loop Walk, Ballintubber Abbey, Belleek Castle Museum
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Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

2
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.
On the 28th (Thu), walk around Coole Park Nature Reserve, experience rural life at Rathbaun Farm, and then get in touch with nature with Hillwalk Tours. On your second day here, get your game on at Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park and then relax in the rural setting at Loughwell Farm Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Galway attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Galway, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Coole Park Nature Reserve, Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park, Loughwell Farm Park
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
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Coole Park Nature Reserve ©
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park ©
Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park
Hillwalk Tours ©
Hillwalk Tours

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St.James Church and Cahergall Fort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Minard Castle and Leacanabuaile Fort. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballinskelligs Beach (in Ballinskelligs), Dursey Island (in Crookhaven) and Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church (in Cahersiveen). There's lots more to do: stroll through Coumeenoole Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Glenteenassig Forest Park, take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, and explore the galleries of The Carol Cronin Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, Ballinskelligs Beach, Dursey Island, Glenteenassig Forest Park
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Coumeenoole Beach ©
Coumeenoole Beach
Cahergall Fort ©
Cahergall Fort
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

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 3rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Innisfallen Island, then relax in the rural setting at Kennedy's Pet Farm, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gougane Barra National Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Stone Circle, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Killarney sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Stone Circle
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:
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Gougane Barra National Forest Park ©
Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Innisfallen Island ©
Innisfallen Island
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

3
nights
Cork

Cork ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Camden Fort Meagher and James Fort. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mitchelstown Cave and Drombeg Stone Circle. Venture out of the city with trips to Lismore Castle Gardens (in Lismore), Clonakilty (Michael Collins Centre & West Cork Model Railway Village) and The Donkey Sanctuary (in Mallow). The adventure continues: get your game on at Leahys Open Farm and step into the grandiose world of Barryscourt Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork holiday website.

Drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

County Cork, Clonakilty, Lismore Castle Gardens, Mitchelstown Cave, Drombeg Stone Circle
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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Camden Fort Meagher ©
Camden Fort Meagher
Mitchelstown Cave ©
Mitchelstown Cave
James Fort ©
James Fort

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.
On the 8th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Ormond Castle, then explore the world behind art at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Secret Valley Wildlife Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): learn the tricks of the trade with The Devils Menu, examine the collection at Carlow County Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aidan's Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Museums Classes Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Devils Menu, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, Secret Valley Wildlife Park, Carlow County Museum, Ormond Castle
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:
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Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center ©
Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center
Ormond Castle ©
Ormond Castle
St. Aidan's Cathedral ©
St. Aidan's Cathedral

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