31 days in Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  28 h
1
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Wexford
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Kenmare
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Buncrana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Dublin
— 9 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, John Condon Memorial, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfane Church, sample the tasty concoctions at Brewery Corner, and admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kilkenny travel route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Kilkenny. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Kilkenny to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Waterford
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum
Rothe House and Garden ©
Rothe House and Garden

3
nights
Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wexford: Bevel Furniture (in Fethard On Sea), Christ Church Cathedral (in Waterford) and Curracloe Beach (in Enniscorthy). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, stroll through Baginbun Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Iberius Church, and get engrossed in the history at Athenaeum Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wexford online travel route planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Wexford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Wexford, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Kinsale.

Things to do in Wexford

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

County Wexford, Enniscorthy, Bevel Furniture, Christ Church Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition ©
Ballyhack Castle ©
Ballyhack Castle
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach

2
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Boathouse Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery Kinsale, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, then brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery, deepen your knowledge of military history at Haulbowline Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kinsale trip site.

Getting from Wexford to Kinsale by car takes about 3 hours. January in Kinsale sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cobh
Highlights from your plan
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

2
nights
Kenmare

Kenmare ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, view the masterpieces at Norman McCloskey Photography, explore the galleries of The Purcell Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Blackwater Woodturners, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Kenmare Soap Shop, then have some family-friendly fun at Faungorth Activity Centre, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gougane Barra National Forest Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kenmare trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kinsale to Kenmare by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. January in Kenmare sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Kenmare

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenmare Soap Shop ©
Kenmare Soap Shop
Gougane Barra National Forest Park ©
Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Blackwater Woodturners ©
Blackwater Woodturners

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 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at White Strand Beach, then walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Spanish Point Beach, then make a trip to The Music Makers of West Clare, and then take a memorable drive along Burren Coastline Drive.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Liscannor holiday planning site.

Drive from Kenmare to Liscannor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Liscannor, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miltown Malbay, Burren Coastline Drive, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Spanish Point Beach ©
Spanish Point Beach
The Music Makers of West Clare ©
The Music Makers of West Clare

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Sean Lemass Public Library (in Shannon), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Daniel O'Connell Monument (in Ennis). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aughagower Church, walk around Eyre Square, and make a trip to St Mary's Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Galway day trip site.

You can drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Liscannor, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Galway, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ballina.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Westport, Sean Lemass Public Library, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Daniel O'Connell Monument
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre
Forthill Graveyard ©
Forthill Graveyard

2
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at The North Mayo Heritage Centre, then pause for some photo ops at Gore Knox Monument, then admire the striking features of Rosserk Friary, and finally make a trip to Saint Mary's Well. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Angling Advice Centre, brush up on your military savvy at Admiral Brown Centre, then have some family-friendly fun at Murder Mystery Ireland, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hennigan's Heritage Centre.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ballina visit planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Ballina takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Foxford, Hennigan's Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
The North Mayo Heritage Centre ©
The North Mayo Heritage Centre
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
Gore Knox Monument ©
Gore Knox Monument

2
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Dunree Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pollan Beach, then don't miss a visit to Father Hegarty Rock, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Porthaw Beach, browse the collection at Free Wee Library, enjoy the sand and surf at Straghill Beach, make a trip to Buncrana Lighthouse, then explore the historical opulence of O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Amazing Grace Viewing Platform, Walk and Park!.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Buncrana planner.

Traveling by car from Ballina to Buncrana takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Buncrana are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Buncrana

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pollan Beach, Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross
Highlights from your plan
Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross ©
Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross

9
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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Buncrana to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Buncrana in January, Dublin is a bit cooler at night with lows of 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

National Transport Museum
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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