40 days in Ireland Itinerary

40 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner

Make it your trip
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Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waterford
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kinsale
— 4 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 5 nights
Drive
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Doolin
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Galway
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Galway
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 6 nights
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Kilkenny

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kilkenny Castle and Ferns Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock of Cashel and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy) and Weavers Cottage (in Clonegal). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, take in the exciting artwork at VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures.

Before you visit Kilkenny, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Chicago, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Kilkenny. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in September, with highs in Kilkenny at 62°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Waterford

— 5 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.
Hook Lighthouse and Ballyhack Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Curracloe Beach and Hawkeye School of Falconry. Explore Waterford's surroundings by going to Enniscorthy Castle (in Enniscorthy) and Tintern Abbey (in Wexford). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterford Greenway, examine the collection at King of the Vikings, admire the landmark architecture of Bishop's Palace, and tee off at Waterford Castle Golf Club.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Waterford tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Waterford, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kinsale

— 4 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Charles Fort and Cobh Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story and Kinsale Regional Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kinsale: Cobh (Titanic Memorial Garden, Titanic Experience Cobh, &more). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, steep yourself in history at James Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kinsale driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Waterford to Kinsale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Kinsale are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Killarney

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blarney Castle & Gardens and Ross Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Muckross House and Norman McCloskey Photography. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Cork City Gaol (in Cork), Kenmare (St. Patrick's Church & Holy Cross Church) and St. Gobnait's Monastic Site (in Ballyvourney). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gougane Barra National Forest Park, trek along Beara Way, and admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney trip maker tool.

Getting from Kinsale to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:

Dingle

— 5 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Skellig Michael and Gallarus Oratory for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St James' Church and Kilmalkedar Church. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Fiadh Woven Design, and take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dingle trip planner.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Dingle, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Doolin

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Step out of the city life by going to Cliffs of Moher and Scattery Island. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses. Get out of town with these interesting Doolin side-trips: Burren National Park (in Corofin) and Dolphinwatch (in Carrigaholt). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and Head underground at Doolin Cave.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Doolin online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dingle to Doolin by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, stop by Lia Arann, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and finally delve into the distant past at Teampall Chiarain. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and finally make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Inishmore road trip planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Doolin to Inishmore takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Inishmore are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Galway

— 5 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 Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Wild Atlantic Way. Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Royal Abbey of Cong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre (in Westport), Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford) and Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Ireland's School of Falconry, stop by Quilt Yarn Stitch, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Galway trip planner.

Getting from Inishmore to Galway by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Galway sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Temple Bar. Step out of Dublin to go to Malahide and see Malahide Castle, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, admire the landmark architecture of Christ Church Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:

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.