52 days in Ireland Itinerary

52 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland journey planner

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Kilkenny
— 4 nights
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Wexford
— 4 nights
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Waterford
— 4 nights
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Kinsale
— 4 nights
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Kenmare
— 5 nights
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Dingle
— 5 nights
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Ennis
— 5 nights
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Westport
— 5 nights
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Donegal Town
— 4 nights
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Buncrana
— 4 nights
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Dublin
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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.
Visiting Go With The Flow - River Adventures and Pococke Golf Centre will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Kilkenny Handwrought Silver and VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Woodstown Strand (in Woodstown), New Ross Golf Club (in New Ross) and Bunclody (Newtownbarry House, Gardens and Gallery & Mount Leinster). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Barrow Way, and sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny online travel planner.

New York City, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Kilkenny. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Kilkenny to be a bit cooler, temps between 58°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

Wexford

— 4 nights
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Get in touch with nature at Curracloe Beach and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. We've included these beaches for you: Ballyheigue Beach and Ballinoulart Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Wexford: Ballymoney Beach (in Ballymoney), Seal Rescue Ireland (in Courtown) and Gorey (Courtown Woods, Zozimus Bookshop, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, examine the collection at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, play a few rounds at Wexford Golf Club, and get your game on at 3D Archery Ireland.

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Getting from Kilkenny to Wexford by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Waterford.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Waterford

— 4 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.
Visiting Mayfield Birds of Prey and Glenbower Wood will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kilmurrin Cove and Clonea Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waterford: Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom - Griston Bog (in Kilfinane) and Ardmore (Brigid Shelly Gallery & Ballyquin Beach). And it doesn't end there: get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Coumshingaun Lough, play a few rounds at Waterford Castle Golf Club, and see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Waterford visit planner.

You can take a bus from Wexford to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Waterford are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Waterford

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Head to Kinsale Silver and The Boathouse Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Birds of Prey Educational Centre and Cobh Golf Club will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Kinsale side-trips: Cobh (St Colman’s Cathedral, Titanic Experience Cobh, &more), Midleton (Jameson Distillery Midleton & Ballynamona Beach) and Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, browse the exhibits of Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kinsale day trip planner.

You can drive from Waterford to Kinsale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kenmare

— 5 nights
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kenmare Soap Shop and Bantry Market. Relax by the water at Derrynane Beach and Barleycove Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballyrisode Beach (in Toormore), Healy Pass (in Adrigole) and Glengarriff (Garinish Island & Beara Way). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gougane Barra National Forest Park, experience rural life at Blueberry Hill Farm, get outside with Ring of Beara, and hike along Old Kenmare Road.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kenmare travel route planning website.

Getting from Kinsale to Kenmare by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Kenmare sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dingle

— 5 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Inch Beach and Clogher Strand for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Slea Head Drive. Step out of Dingle to go to Castlegregory and see Glanteenassig Wood, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fermoyle Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach, and don't miss a visit to Dingle Peninsula.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Dingle online itinerary builder.

Drive from Kenmare to Dingle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ennis.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trips

Ennis

— 5 nights
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Do your shopping at Burren Perfumery and Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge.. Get outdoors at Cliffs of Moher and Fanore Beach. Explore Ennis' surroundings by going to Doolin (Clare Coastal Walk Project & Beauty Of The Burren Walks), Carran Medieval Church (in Carran) and Burren Birds of Prey Centre (in Ballyvaughan). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lahinch Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian, and steep yourself in history at Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Ennis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Ennis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:

Westport

— 5 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cross Beach Loop Walk and Silver Strand. Get in touch with nature at The Lost Valley and Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Westport: Achill Island (Keel Beach, Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, &more), Dugort Beach (in Dugort) and Old Head Beach (in Louisburgh). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Flying, enjoy the sand and surf at Carrowmore Beach, stroll through Mulranny Strand, and head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Westport online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ennis to Westport in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Donegal Town

— 4 nights
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Do your shopping at The Art House Ireland Art Gallery and Studio Donegal. Step out of the city life by going to Glenveagh National Park and Portsalon Beach. Explore Donegal Town's surroundings by going to Muckross Head Peninsula (in Kilcar), Fintra Beach (in Killybegs) and Malin Beg (Silver Strand Beach & Away to Me Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Maghera Beach and Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Narin Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Dorlin Strand, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Hill Strand.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Donegal Town attractions planner.

You can drive from Westport to Donegal Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Westport in June, Donegal Town is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Buncrana.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:

Buncrana

— 4 nights
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Head to Wild Atlantic Gifts and Ballagh Studiofor plenty of shopping. Visit Dunree Bay and Pollan Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Buncrana: Five Fingers Strand (in Malin), Culdaff (Culdaff Beach & Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross) and Back Strand Beach (in Falcarragh). The adventure continues: cruise along Mamore Gap, trek along Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre, kick back and relax at Buncrana Beach, and stroll through Straghill Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Buncrana online route planner.

Traveling by car from Donegal Town to Buncrana takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Buncrana

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Shop till you drop at Grafton Street and Brown Thomas. We've included these beaches for you: Sandycove Beach and Sandymount Strand. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Drive from Buncrana to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Buncrana in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Dublin, with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 30:

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.