45 days in Ireland Itinerary

45 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland sightseeing planner

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Dublin
— 10 nights
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County Offaly
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 5 nights
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Westport
— 3 nights
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Clifden
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 5 nights
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Cork
— 5 nights
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Waterford
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny
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Dublin

— 10 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.
Let the collections at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Chester Beatty capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Wicklow Mountains National Park and Temple Bar. Venture out of the city with trips to Bru na Boinne (in Donore), Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Francis Ledwidge Museum (in Slane). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, catch a live event at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Dublinia.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary builder website.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Dublin at 48°F and lows at 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to County Offaly.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 29:

County Offaly

— 2 nights

Faithful County

Though often overlooked, Offaly County offers plenty for nature lovers, with a few metropolitan options mixed in. In addition to fishing, water sports, bird watching, and other outdoor fun, this area showcases historical castles, a popular monastic city, and archeological finds.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): tee off at Esker Hills Golf Club, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clonmacnoise, and then get all the information you need at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, then sample the fine beverages at Tullamore Dew, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rock of Dunamase.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read County Offaly trip maker app.

You can drive from Dublin to County Offaly in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in County Offaly

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Visit Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Galway Cathedral for their historical value. Get outdoors at Burren National Park and Wild Atlantic Way. Venture out of the city with trips to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Lahinch Beach (in Lahinch) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Galway Bay, walk around Eyre Square, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, and explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galway online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from County Offaly to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Westport

— 3 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Michael Davitt Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ashford Castle and Rosserk Friary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Achill Island (Deserted Village & Achill Seaweed Baths), Keem Bay (in Dooagh) and Belleek Castle Museum (in Ballina). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway and cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Westport trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Clifden

— 3 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Get in touch with nature at Renvyle Beach and Scubadive West. Explore hidden gems such as Sky Rd and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Step out of Clifden to go to Leenane and see Killary Sheep Farm, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Roundstone Ceramics, take in the dramatic natural features at Diamond Hill, look for gifts at O`Dalaigh Jewellers, and take an exotic tour of Connemara Safaris.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Clifden travel app.

Traveling by car from Westport to Clifden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Killarney

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get some cultural insight at Muckross Abbey and Peter Cox Photography Gallery. Visiting Inch Beach and Conor Pass will get you outdoors. When in Killarney, make a side trip to see Norman McCloskey Photography in Kenmare, approximately Kenmare away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Torc Mountain Walk, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Killarney Falconry, and appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Killarney trip builder site.

Drive from Clifden to Killarney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Killarney, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:

Cork

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at St Fin Barre's Cathedral and Charles Fort. West Cork Model Railway Village and Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Kinsale (Irish Veterans Museum & Granny's Bottom Drawer), Fota Wildlife Park (in Carrigtwohill) and Jameson Distillery Midleton (in Midleton). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Inchydoney Beach, step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and explore the different monuments and memorials at St. Oliver's Cemetery.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cork trip planner.

Drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

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.
Bishop's Palace and Hook Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Reginald's Tower and Ballyhack Castle for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterford: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Ring of Hook (in New Ross) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, contemplate the long history of The Bull Ring, take in the dramatic scenery at Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan), and view the masterpieces at The Irish Handmade Glass Company.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Waterford day trip tool.

You can drive from Cork to Waterford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Waterford, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kilkenny

— 6 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 outdoors at Castlecomer Discovery Park and Hawkeye School of Falconry. Visit Cahir Castle and Kilkenny Castle for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Wells House & Gardens (in Gorey), Cashel (Rock of Cashel & Hore Abbey) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, get engrossed in the history at Timahoe Heritage Centre, get into the urban bustle at The Tholsel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfane Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:

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.