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:  34 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Blarney, Ireland
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Liscannor, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  34 h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol and James Joyce Cultural Centre. You'll explore and learn at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Temple Bar, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Old Jameson Distillery, and steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dublin vacation builder.

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 34-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Dublin, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 15°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilkenny Castle and Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition. Get a sense of the local culture at Rock of Cashel and St. Aidan's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Blackstairs Eco Trails (in Borris), Hore Abbey (in Cashel), Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker (in Shillelagh) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). The adventure continues: stop by Cushendale Woollen Mills.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Blarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Cashel, Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker, Blackstairs Eco Trails
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

1
day
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
On the 11th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Old English Market/City Market, stop by Records and Relics, and then steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Blarney custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Blarney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Blarney are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Blarney

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cork
Highlights from your plan
The English Market ©
The English Market
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Records and Relics ©
Records and Relics

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms and Innisfallen Island. Visit Ross Castle and Ross Island for their historical value. Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography, look for gifts at Moriarty’s, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and shop like a local with The Back Lane Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Blarney to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Killarney, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

1
night
Liscannor, Ireland

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 16th (Mon): hike along Hag's Head, look for gifts at Irish Crafts, view the masterpieces at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, and finally stop by The Rock Shop.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Killarney to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Irish Crafts - Doolin, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge.
Highlights from your plan
Irish Crafts - Doolin ©
Irish Crafts - Doolin
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Connemara National Park and O`Dalaigh Jewellers. Get a sense of the local culture at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Clifden (Connemara Blue, Hehirs Of Clifden, & more) and Standun Spiddal (in Spiddal). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Hillwalk Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Galway online itinerary creator.

Getting from Liscannor to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Galway are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Galway

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Clifden, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Standun, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers

3
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Step off the beaten path and head to Giant's Causeway and Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinbane Castle and Dunluce Castle. There's lots more to do: cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, contemplate the long history of Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, contemplate the waterfront views at White Park Bay, and stop by White House (Portrush) Ltd.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bushmills trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Galway to Bushmills in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Bushmills sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballintoy, Dunluce Castle, Kinbane Castle
Highlights from your plan
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Crumlin Road Gaol and Ulster Museum. Get some historical perspective at Mount Stewart House and The Parish Church of Saint George. Go for a jaunt from Belfast to Whitehead to see The Gallery Whitehead about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast Museum, look for gifts at Logwood Plant Centre, tee off at Belvoir Park Golf Club, and browse the different shops at Victoria Square Shopping Centre.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. October in Belfast sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Newtownards, The Gallery Whitehead, Logwood Plant Centre
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Mount Stewart ©
Mount Stewart
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

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