29 days in Ireland Itinerary

29 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dublin
— 6 nights
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
3
Waterford
— 3 nights
4
Kinsale
— 3 nights
5
Killarney
— 3 nights
6
Doolin
— 3 nights
7
Westport
— 2 nights
8
Galway
— 5 nights

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Temple Bar, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., walk around St Stephens Green, and see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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

Norfolk, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk to Dublin is 5 hours. Traveling from Norfolk in December, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

3
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.
Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Wells House & Gardens (in Gorey) and Royal Oak Distillery (in Carlow). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Castlecomer Discovery Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in December, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wells House & Gardens, Royal Oak Distillery
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Royal Oak Distillery ©
Royal Oak Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Wells House & Gardens ©
Wells House & Gardens

3
nights
Waterford

Waterford ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Waterford: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Glendalough Guided Walks (in Glendalough Village). The adventure continues: walk around Irish National Heritage Park, examine the collection at King of the Vikings, grab your bike and head to Waterford Greenway, and take a stroll around Reginald's Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Waterford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Waterford sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Waterford

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Curracloe Beach, Mayfield Birds of Prey, Irish National Heritage Park, Glendalough Guided Walks
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Irish National Heritage Park ©
Irish National Heritage Park
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach

3
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kinsale: Fota Wildlife Park (in Carrigtwohill) and Cobh (Eire Bass, President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, &more). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kinsale road trip planning website.

Drive from Waterford to Kinsale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park
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President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park ©
President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Eire Bass ©
Eire Bass

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Inch Beach (in Inch) and Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra). There's lots more to do: cruise along Dingle Peninsula, appreciate the history behind The Diaspora, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, and visit Killarney Falconry.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Killarney day trip planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

County Kerry, The Diaspora, Inch Beach, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Conor Pass
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Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry

3
nights
Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Doolin: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin) and Corofin (Burren National Park & The Farmyard). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, get the lay of the land with Doolin Cliff Walk, see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, and look for gifts at Kenny Woollen Mills & Lahinch Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Killarney to Doolin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Corofin, Castlefergus Equestrian, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Cave
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Doolin Cliff Walk ©
Doolin Cliff Walk
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, then grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, and then ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Westport House, and then experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Westport attractions planner.

You can drive from Doolin to Westport in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Doolin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Westport, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Michael Davitt Museum, Bikes and Boards, Killary Sheep Farm
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Killary Sheep Farm ©
Killary Sheep Farm

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry, Ashford Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at Open The Door Escape Room, explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, gain some tasty knowledge on Micil Distillery, and kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Galway sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cong, Open The Door Escape Room
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Open The Door Escape Room ©
Open The Door Escape Room
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Ireland's School of Falconry ©
Ireland's School of Falconry

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