24 days in Ireland Itinerary

24 days in Ireland Itinerary

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24 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Bus:  29 h
1
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Brisbane

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jerpoint Park and Mayfield Birds of Prey. Huntington Castle and St. John the Evangelist Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Waterford (Christ Church Cathedral & King of the Vikings), Bunclody Golf Club (in Bunclody) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). The adventure continues: take a stroll around The Tholsel, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Kilkenny Architectural Salvage & Antiques, head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny planning app.

Brisbane, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 29- hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Brisbane to Kilkenny due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for little chillier days in Kilkenny, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Waterford, Bunclody Golf Club, Ferns Castle, Mayfield Birds of Prey, Huntington Castle
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
Huntington Castle ©
Huntington Castle

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Old Kenmare Road and Speed Boats Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Nano Nagle Place and Crawford Art Gallery. Explore Cork's surroundings by going to Kenmare (Holy Cross Church, Norman McCloskey Photography, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, look for gifts at Blarney Chocolate Factory, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mother Jones Flea Market, and don't miss a visit to Elizabeth Fort.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cork trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Cork sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kenmare
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Old Kenmare Road ©
Old Kenmare Road
St. Peter and Paul's Church ©
St. Peter and Paul's Church

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Greenlane Gallery and St. Mary's Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Riasc and Dun Chaoin Pier. There's much more to do: get outside with Kingdom Falconry, browse the exhibits of The Carol Cronin Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, and examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cork to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Dingle, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Castlegregory, Kingdom Falconry, Dun Chaoin Pier
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Glenteenassig Forest Park ©
Glenteenassig Forest Park
Riasc ©
Riasc
Greenlane Gallery ©
Greenlane Gallery

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Limerick Museum, don't miss a visit to Pery's Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, then contemplate the long history of Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, and finally examine the collection at Thomas Fitzgerald Center.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Limerick road trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Limerick, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bruff
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St. Joseph's Church ©
St. Joseph's Church
Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur ©
Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur
Thomas Fitzgerald Center ©
Thomas Fitzgerald Center

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 National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock and Kilmacduagh Tower. Do some cultural sightseeing at Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum and The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum. When in Galway, make a side trip to see Coole Park Nature Reserve in Gort, approximately Gort away. There's much more to do: trek along The Wormhole, browse the exhibits of Galway Crafts and Collectables, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Galway visit planner.

You can drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Galway, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gort, The Wormhole, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum ©
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Step out of the city life by going to Clew Bay Archaeological Trail and Keel Beach. Popular historic sites such as Sli Grainne Mhaol and Deserted Village are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Aughagower Church, don't miss a visit to St Mary's Church, pause for some photo ops at St. Patrick Statue, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Westport travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Westport sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Achill Island
Highlights from your plan
St Mary's Church ©
St Mary's Church
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Clew Bay Archaeological Trail ©
Clew Bay Archaeological Trail

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.
Get some cultural insight at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin and National Library of Ireland. Hill of Slane and St Nicholas of Myra will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: St Peter's Church (in Drogheda) and Irish Military War Museum & Family Park (in Starinagh). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, admire the landmark architecture of Samuel Beckett Bridge, take a stroll through Henry Street, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Colmcille's Church.

Before you visit Dublin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Westport to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, Swords Castle, St Peter's Church, Hill of Slane
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Irish Military War Museum & Family Park ©
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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