35 days in Ireland Itinerary

35 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner

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Dublin
— 3 nights
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Wicklow
— 1 night
Drive
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Athlone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Clonmany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Donegal Town
— 1 night
Drive
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Sligo
— 1 night
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Westport
— 2 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Clifden
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Clifden
— 1 night
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Shannon
— 1 night
Drive
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Limerick
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cashel
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
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Cobh
— 2 nights
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Kinsale
— 1 night
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Dublin

— 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 Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, make a trip to Temple Bar, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary builder.

Barcelona, Spain to Dublin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Barcelona to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Barcelona, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Wicklow.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Wicklow

— 1 night
Wicklow is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East Region in Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Wicklow Mountains National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wicklow online journey planner.

Drive from Dublin to Wicklow in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Wicklow, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Athlone.

Things to do in Wicklow

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Athlone

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, explore the galleries of Church of Saints Peter & Paul, then examine the collection at Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum, and finally laugh and play at Baysports. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, then sample the fine beverages at Tullamore Dew, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clonmacnoise.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Athlone online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Wicklow to Athlone takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Athlone can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Clonmany.

Things to do in Athlone

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Clonmany

— 2 nights
Clonmany is a village in north-west Inishowen, in County Donegal, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Culdaff Beach, then make a trip to Malin Head, and then steep yourself in history at Doagh Famine village. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Mamore Gap, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre, then trot along with Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre, and finally admire the sheer force of Glenevin Waterfall.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Clonmany attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Athlone to Clonmany takes 4 hours. In August in Clonmany, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Clonmany

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Donegal Town

— 1 night
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Donegal Bay Waterbus, don't miss a visit to Lough Eske, stop by Magee 1866, then laugh and play at Bundoran Waterworld, and finally take in the views from Fairy Bridges.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Donegal Town road trip app.

You can drive from Clonmany to Donegal Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Donegal Town, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

Sligo

— 1 night
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sligo Abbey, stroll the grounds of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knocknarea, and finally stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sligo tour itinerary website.

Getting from Donegal Town to Sligo by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Westport

— 2 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 12th (Thu), find something for the whole family at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Quiet Man Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, then take in the local highlights with Ireland's School of Falconry, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Great Western Greenway.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport online day trip planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Westport when traveling from Sligo in August, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Inishmore

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 14th (Sat), see the top attractions with Inis Mor Horse Carriage tours, then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, stop by Lia Arann, then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Inishmore online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Westport to Inishmore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In August in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Clifden

— 1 night
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 16th (Mon), make a trip to Sky Rd, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then glide peacefully along the water with Real Adventures Connemara.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Clifden trip planner.

Getting from Inishmore to Clifden by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Shannon.

Things to do in Clifden

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Shannon

— 1 night
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. On the 17th (Tue), examine the collection at Atlantic Air Adventures, then stop by The Lawrence Collection, and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shannon online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Shannon takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Shannon can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Limerick

— 3 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Venture out of the city with trips to Foynes Flying Boat Museum (in Foynes) and The Donkey Sanctuary (in Mallow). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Terranova Gardens, add some adventure to your tour with Get West, get engrossed in the history at Thomas Fitzgerald Center, and explore the historical opulence of Desmond Castle.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Limerick trip planner.

Limerick is just a short distance from Shannon. In August, daytime highs in Limerick are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Dingle

— 3 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, and take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dingle itinerary planner.

You can drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Kenmare (Norman McCloskey Photography & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Muckross House, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, and take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Killarney trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cashel.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

Cashel

— 2 nights
A tiny settlement rich in history, Cashel maintains the old-fashioned charm of a small market town.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, contemplate the long history of Rock of Cashel, then get engrossed in the history at Cashel Folk Village, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Cashel Heritage Centre and Museum, then Head underground at Mitchelstown Cave, then step into the grandiose world of Cahir Castle, and finally admire the striking features of Swiss Cottage.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cashel trip planner.

Drive from Killarney to Cashel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cashel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cashel

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, then make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to St John's Priory, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory.

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You can drive from Cashel to Kilkenny in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Waterford

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Ballyhack Castle, enjoy the sea views from Hook Lighthouse, then admire the landmark architecture of Tintern Abbey, and finally take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at John Condon Memorial, admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower, then stop by BEBHINN, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterford Greenway.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford attractions planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Waterford by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cobh.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Cobh

— 2 nights
Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then appreciate the history behind Annie Moore Monument, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and finally tour the old-fashioned way with Cobh Road Train. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Fota House & Gardens, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and finally step into the grandiose world of Barryscourt Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cobh road trip app.

You can drive from Waterford to Cobh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Cobh

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Kinsale

— 1 night
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 4th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, stop by Stone Mad Gallery, contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, and finally take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kinsale road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Cobh to Kinsale takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

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.

Aran Islands travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Hiking Trails · Outdoor Activities
A collection of three islands off the west coast near Galway Bay, Aran Islands provide an isolated bit of the country where traditional culture reigns. The islands' inhabitants mostly speak Irish as a first language, and all place names are primarily in Irish, with English translations. Visitors revel in the small-town feel, authentic pubs, and native Irish language. Because the islands contain lots of unpaved roads and farmland bordered by walls made of limestone rocks, they're best explored by bike or on foot.