22 days in Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Ireland Itinerary

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22 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Waterford
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
New Ross
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Donegal Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): meet the residents at Fota Wildlife Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and then contemplate the long history of Blarney Castle & Gardens. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Inchydoney Beach, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Jameson Experience.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cork sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Cork is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from London in July, expect Cork to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fota Wildlife Park, Inchydoney Beach, Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park

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 6th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, steep yourself in history at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe and then kick back and relax at Inch Beach.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Killarney travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cork to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inch Beach
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:
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Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Waterford

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the galleries of Bishop's Palace, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clonea Beach. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Ballyhack Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tramore Beach, then examine the collection at Reginald's Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Waterford vacation trip planner.

Drive from Killarney to Waterford in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to New Ross.

Things to do in Waterford

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Clonea Beach, Tramore Beach, Ballyhack Castle
Highlights from your plan
Clonea Beach ©
Clonea Beach
Ballyhack Castle ©
Ballyhack Castle
Reginald's Tower ©
Reginald's Tower

2
nights
New Ross

New Ross ©
New Ross is a town in southwest County Wexford, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Ferns Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Wells House & Gardens, then examine the collection at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, and finally admire all the interesting features of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Irish National Heritage Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Hook Lighthouse, and then contemplate the long history of Loftus Hall.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New Ross vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waterford to New Ross takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in New Ross can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in New Ross

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Hook Lighthouse, Loftus Hall, Wells House & Gardens, Irish National Heritage Park
Highlights from your plan
Wells House & Gardens ©
Wells House & Gardens
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse

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.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip itinerary maker.

Getting from New Ross to Kilkenny by car takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden

2
nights
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 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Caherconnell Stone Fort, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Liscannor travel planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations, Aillwee Cave
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Poulnabrone Dolmen ©
Poulnabrone Dolmen

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and then make a trip to Quay Street. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

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 17th (Mon): grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway and then find something for the whole family at Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, and then catch the contagious excitement of Ballinrobe Races.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Westport travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Galway to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Westport, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Westport

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Ballinrobe Races, Ballintubber Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Ballintubber Abbey
Ballintubber Abbey

2
nights
Donegal Town

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Glencolmcille Folk Village, step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Lough Eske. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Bundoran Waterworld, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeats's Grave, then steep yourself in history at Sligo Abbey, and finally stroll the grounds of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Donegal Town vacation planner.

Getting from Westport to Donegal Town by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sligo, Yeats's Grave, Bundoran Waterworld, Glencolmcille Folk Village
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Glencolmcille Folk Village ©
Glencolmcille Folk Village
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

4
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.
Visit Trinity College Dublin and Kilmainham Gaol for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple Bar and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Portmarnock Beach (in Portmarnock). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green, see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dublin Zoo.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Donegal Town to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. July in Dublin sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Portmarnock Beach, Bru na Boinne
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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