25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Wicklow, Ireland
— 1 night
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Waterford, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kenmare, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Donore, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

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 museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to Temple Bar, walk around St Stephens Green, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dublin journey planner.

Portland, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Dublin is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Portland in July: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Wicklow.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Wicklow, Ireland

— 1 night
Wicklow is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East Region in Ireland. On the 15th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Powerscourt Gardens and House, take in nature's colorful creations at Mount Usher Gardens, and then admire the striking features of Glendalough Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wicklow trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dublin to Wicklow by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Wicklow

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ireland

Marble City

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 16th (Fri): make a trip to Rock of Cashel, then contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny visit planning tool.

Getting from Wicklow to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

Waterford, Ireland

— 3 nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, get the lay of the land with Jack Burtchaell Waterford Walking Tours, and then take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Waterford trip maker website.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Waterford, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Waterford

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kinsale, Ireland

— 2 nights
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 19th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): gain interesting insight with Don & Barry's Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh.

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Drive from Waterford to Kinsale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Kenmare, Ireland

— 1 night
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
On the 21st (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and then take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kenmare trip planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Kenmare in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kenmare

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. On the next day, appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Muckross House.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Killarney takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Dingle, Ireland

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 24th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, examine the collection at The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past with Sciuird Archaeological Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Dingle are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 26th (Mon), you're off to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Liscannor, Ireland

— 2 nights
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Cliffs of Moher, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Liscannor road trip planning website.

Getting from Dingle to Liscannor by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 3 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Go for a jaunt from Galway to Kylemore to see Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salthill Beaches, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway holiday maker.

Getting from Liscannor to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 31st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway and then take in the waterfront at Ballintoy Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, then take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and finally get outside with The Dark Hedges.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bushmills trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Galway to Bushmills in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 1 night
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast and then see Belfast Famous Black Taxi Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Belfast trip planner.

Getting from Bushmills to Belfast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Donore.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Tours

Donore, Ireland

Only 2 km (1.25 mi) from World Heritage Site Bru na Boinne, the tiny village of Donore in County Meath supports a population of roughly 700 people.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne and then pause for some photo ops at Newgrange.

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Traveling by car from Belfast to Donore takes 1.5 hours. August in Donore sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Donore

Historic Sites

Dublin, Ireland

— 1 night

Fair City

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dublin visit planner.

Traveling by car from Donore to Dublin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Western Ireland travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
Western Ireland overflows with quaint coastal towns, historical castles, and picturesque rocky landscapes. With big cities like Galway, Cork, and Limerick, the region has the right amount of urban flavor to balance Ireland's rugged west coast. Carpeted green fields end abruptly at the Cliffs of Moher, which draw visitors as a top tourist attraction in the region. The area's Aran Islands, a collection of three small islands, showcase the original language through many native Irish speakers.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.