31 days in Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland route planner

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Dublin
— 6 nights
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Limerick
— 3 nights
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Cork
— 3 nights
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Dingle
— 4 nights
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Killarney
— 5 nights
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Dublin

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and Chester Beatty. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glendalough Cathedral and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry), Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Trim Castle (in Trim). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, stroll around St Stephens Green, and explore the historical opulence of Dublin Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin tour planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in July, Dublin is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 15:

Kilkenny

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hook Lighthouse and Cahir Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National 1798 Rebellion Centre and Rothe House and Garden. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Cashel (Rock of Cashel & Hore Abbey). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, and make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kilkenny, with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Westport

— 2 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Westport House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, get outside with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Westport trip builder.

Drive from Kilkenny to Westport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Westport, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galway

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cliffs of Moher and Doolin Cave. Get a sense of the local culture at Salthill Promenade and Ashford Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Burren Birds of Prey Centre (in Ballyvaughan) and Sky Rd (in Clifden). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, stroll around Eyre Square, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Galway travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Galway, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Limerick

— 3 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Get in touch with nature at Scattery Island and Dolphinwatch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to King John's Castle and Saint Mary's Cathedral. Take a break from Limerick with a short trip to Foynes Flying Boat Museum in Foynes, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Dromoland Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hunt Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Draiocht Art & Shop Gallery, Adare.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Limerick itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Galway to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Limerick sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Cork

— 3 nights

Rebel City

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.
Cork City Gaol and Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spike Island and Titanic Experience Cobh. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Cobh Cathedral (in Cobh) and Kinsale (Irish Veterans Museum & Charles Fort). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ballycotton Cliff Walk.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cork road trip planning website.

You can drive from Limerick to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Dingle

— 4 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gallarus Oratory and Skellig Michael. Get outdoors at Slea Head Drive and Coumeenoole Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Inch Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dingle online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Dingle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Killarney

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gap of Dunloe and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. Visiting Killarney National Park and Kerry Cliffs will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, make a short side trip with Day Trips, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and make a trip to Ladies' View.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

Ireland travel guide

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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.