25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Drive:  35 h
1
Skibbereen, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Caherdaniel, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Bus + Fly:  34 h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Skibbereen, Ireland

Skibbereen ©
Skibbereen, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sherkin Island and Inchydoney Beach. Get some historical perspective at Carriganass Castle and Fastnet Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skibbereen: Altar Wedge Tomb (in Schull), The WhiteHouse Gallery (in Kilcrohane) and Kinsale (Stone Mad Gallery, Giles Norman Photography, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Barleycove Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and stop by West Cork Crafts.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Skibbereen holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Skibbereen is an approximately 35-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Skibbereen hover around 15°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Skibbereen

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Kinsale, Schull, Carriganass Castle, The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar, Sherkin Island
Highlights from your plan
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Carriganass Castle ©
Carriganass Castle

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Killarney National Park and Inch Beach. Blarney Castle & Gardens and Ross Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Dingle (NU goldsmith & Coumeenoole Beach). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography, and take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney holiday planner.

You can drive from Skibbereen to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Caherdaniel.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle, Inch Beach, Blarney Castle & Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Caherdaniel, Ireland

Caherdaniel ©
Caherdaniel is a village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on the Iveragh peninsula on the Ring of Kerry. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get outside with Ring of Kerry, then kick back and relax at Ballinskelligs Beach, then look for gifts at Skelligs Chocolate, and finally examine the collection at Waterville Craft Market & Heritage Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Cara Turner Ceramics and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Derrynane Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Caherdaniel custom trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Caherdaniel in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Caherdaniel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ballinskelligs, Cara Turner Ceramics, Ring of Kerry, Skellig Gift Store
Highlights from your plan
Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach
Skelligs Chocolate Co. ©
Skelligs Chocolate Co.
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry

2
nights
Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 13th (Fri), look for gifts at Lowry's Sweater & Gift Shop, stop by O`Dalaigh Jewellers, stop by Cottage Handcrafts, then enjoy the sand and surf at Renvyle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Avoca Letterfrack. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Connemara Blue, stop by Hehirs Of Clifden, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Clifden sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Caherdaniel to Clifden takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Clifden can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottage Handcrafts, Renvyle Beach, Dog's Bay Beach, Avoca Letterfrack
Highlights from your plan
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Cottage Handcrafts ©
Cottage Handcrafts
Avoca Letterfrack ©
Avoca Letterfrack

4
nights
Galway, Ireland

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 Connemara National Park and Lahinch Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Burren Perfumery and Irish Crafts. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Liscannor (Cliffs of Moher & Hag's Head), Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Standun Spiddal (in Spiddal). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches and look for gifts at Connemara Celtic Crystal.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway tour planner.

Getting from Clifden to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Galway, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Liscannor, Irish Crafts - Doolin, Standun, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Lahinch Beach
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

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 19th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Rock of Cashel, then explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Butler Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Aidan's Cathedral, look for gifts at Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny vacation builder.

Drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Cashel, St. Aidan's Cathedral, Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

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.
Kilmainham Gaol and James Joyce Cultural Centre will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Grafton Street and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, sample the fine beverages at The Old Jameson Distillery, and examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dublin vacation builder.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

1
day
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
On the 25th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Orange Heritage, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Belfast vacation builder.

Getting from Dublin to Belfast by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Belfast, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

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