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
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Wexford
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Carrick-on-Shannon
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Sligo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Clifden
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Waterville
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
End: New York City

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trinity College Dublin and Kilmainham Gaol. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brittas Bay and Portmarnock Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village) and Carlingford (Zipline & Carlingford to Omeath Greenway). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Temple Bar, look for gifts at The Decent Cigar Emporium, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green, and sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin travel itinerary creator.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Wexford.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Brittas Bay, Portmarnock Beach, Carlingford to Omeath Greenway, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

4
nights
Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Hook Lighthouse and Ferns Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Curracloe Beach and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Wexford: Kia Ora Mini Farm (in Gorey), Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker (in Shillelagh) and St. Aidan's Cathedral (in Enniscorthy). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Irish National Heritage Park, examine the collection at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, explore the historical opulence of Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, and admire the landmark architecture of The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wexford trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Dublin to Wexford with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Wexford when traveling from Dublin in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Curracloe Beach, Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

4
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.
Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Glasrai Goodies and Kilkenny Crystalfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Rathwood (in Tullow), Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Bishop's Palace, & more) and Hore Abbey (in Cashel). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Wexford to Kilkenny with the Route module. In June, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carrick-on-Shannon.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel, Cahir Castle, Rathwood, Glasrai Goodies
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

4
nights
Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon ©
Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland. Explore hidden gems such as Bear Essentials/Silver Bear Centre and Rathcroghan Royal Site. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parke's Castle and Athlone Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to St Mel's Cathedral (in Longford), Glencar Waterfall (in Leitrim), Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum (in Athlone) and Spas & Wellness (in Cavan). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Costello Memorial Chapel, and sample the fine beverages at The Shed Distillery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Carrick-on-Shannon trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kilkenny to Carrick-on-Shannon. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Carrick-on-Shannon, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Carrick-on-Shannon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Athlone, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, St Mel's Cathedral, Bear Essentials/Silver Bear Centre, The Shed Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Glencar Waterfall ©
Glencar Waterfall
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre ©
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

4
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Escape the urban bustle at Strandhill Beach and Knocknarea. Let the collections at Michael Davitt Museum and Belleek Castle Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Donegal Castle (in Donegal Town) and Eddie Doherty Tweed (in Ardara). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Bookshop, steep yourself in history at Sligo Abbey, explore the activities along Glencar Lake, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sligo itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Carrick-on-Shannon to Sligo. In June, daytime highs in Sligo are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Clifden.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Eddie Doherty Tweed, The Bookshop, Donegal Castle, Michael Davitt Museum, Belleek Castle Museum
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Renvyle Beach and Killary Sheep Farm. For shopping fun, head to Connemara Blue or Cottage Handcrafts. Change things up with these side-trips from Clifden: Westport (The Great Western Greenway, Derryaun Crafts, & more), Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery (in Recess) and Parade (in Newport). There's much more to do: look for gifts at O`Dalaigh Jewellers, grab your bike and head to Sky Road Loop, make a trip to Sky Rd, and hit the tides with a taste of the best surfing spots.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Clifden custom trip planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Clifden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Westport, Cottage Handcrafts, Parade, Killary Sheep Farm, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hillwalk Tours and Aillwee Cave. Get some cultural insight at Salthill Promenade and Galway City Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: The Burren (in Corofin) and Burren Perfumery (in Carron). Spend the 8th (Sat) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, and cruise along Wild Atlantic Way.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galway travel planner.

Drive from Clifden to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Galway, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

County Clare, Burren National Park, Aillwee Cave, Burren Perfumery
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
The Burren ©
The Burren
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

5
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Inch Beach and Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ross Castle and Charles Fort. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare), Old English Market/City Market (in Cork) and Dingle Crystal (in Dingle). Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Killarney itinerary builder.

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Killarney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Waterville.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Crystal, Charles Fort, Inch Beach, The English Market, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

4
nights
Waterville

Waterville ©
County Kerry's picture-perfect holiday resort of Waterville is a weekend getaway once favored by Charlie Chaplin's family.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Allihies Copper Mine Museum and Waterville Craft Market & Heritage Gallery. Visit Ballycarbery Castle and Staigue Fort for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church in Cahersiveen (about 30 minutes away).

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Waterville itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Killarney to Waterville. In July, daily temperatures in Waterville can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 56°F.

Things to do in Waterville

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballinskelligs, Cahersiveen, Valentia Island, Derrynane Beach, Staigue Fort
Highlights from your plan
Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach
Skelligs Chocolate Co. ©
Skelligs Chocolate Co.
Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs ©
Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs

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