42 days in Ireland Itinerary

42 days in Ireland Itinerary

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42 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Sligo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Clifden
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Galway
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kilkenny
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Waterville
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
End: New York City

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Trinity College Dublin and Powerscourt Gardens and House. Temple Bar and Wicklow Mountains National Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Portmarnock Beach (in Portmarnock), Zipline (in Carlingford), Pavilions Shopping Centre (in Swords), Blackbird Books (in Navan) and Brittas Bay (in Wicklow). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, buy something for everyone on your list at Fallon & Byrne, look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, and browse the range of quality goods at Brown Thomas.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In June in Dublin, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Blackbird Books, Pavilions Shopping Centre, Portmarnock Beach, Brittas Bay, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 17:
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St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

6
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Get a sense of the local culture at Michael Davitt Museum and Belleek Castle Museum. Donegal Castle and Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Slieve League (in Carrick), Lough Key Forest Park (in Boyle), Bear Essentials/Silver Bear Centre (in Bawnboy), Lough Eske (in Donegal Town), Eddie Doherty Tweed (in Ardara) and Surfing (in Bundoran). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandhill Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Glencar Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea, and don't miss a visit to Sligo Abbey.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sligo itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Sligo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sligo when traveling from Dublin in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Clifden.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Donegal Town, Bear Essentials/Silver Bear Centre, Glencar Waterfall, Eddie Doherty Tweed, Belleek Castle Museum
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

5
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park. Get in touch with nature at Dog's Bay Beach and Sky Road Loop. Venture out of the city with trips to Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane), The Quay Gallery (in Westport) and Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery (in Recess). There's much more to do: stop by Connemara Blue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Renvyle Beach, explore the historical opulence of Clifden Castle, and don't miss a visit to Sky Rd.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Clifden online itinerary creator.

Drive from Sligo to Clifden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Clifden are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Dog's Bay Beach, Avoca Letterfrack, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

5
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 hidden gems such as Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Salthill Promenade. Do your shopping at Burren Perfumery and Hazel Mountain Chocolates. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to The Burren (in Corofin) and Ballyvaughan (Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre). Spend the 2nd (Sun) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, and explore the ancient world of Tyrone House.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Galway trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Burren National Park, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Burren Perfumery
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 3:
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hook Lighthouse and Hore Abbey. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Waterford (Reginald's Tower & Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum), Rathwood (in Tullow), Wells House & Gardens (in Gorey), Birr Castle Gardens (in Birr), The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Irish National Heritage Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Black Abbey, stroll through Castlecomer Discovery Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip generator.

You can drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Cashel, Waterford, Dunmore Cave, Wells House & Gardens
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 10:
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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

5
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
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 Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms and Charles Fort. Step off the beaten path and head to Inch Beach and Blarney Castle & Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Dingle Crystal (in Dingle) and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare). Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Killarney sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Killarney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Killarney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Waterville.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Dingle Crystal, Charles Fort, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Inch Beach
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

5
nights
Waterville

Waterville ©
County Kerry's picture-perfect holiday resort of Waterville is a weekend getaway once favored by Charlie Chaplin's family.
Visit Skellig Michael and Derrynane House for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Skelligs Chocolate and Issie's Handmade Chocolate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterville: Dursey Island (in Crookhaven) and Allihies Copper Mine Museum (in Allihies).

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waterville travel itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Killarney to Waterville. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F.

Things to do in Waterville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caherdaniel, County Kerry, Issie's Handmade Chocolate, Dursey Island, Allihies Copper Mine Museum
Highlights from your plan
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry
Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach

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