20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland Itinerary

Buffalo
Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly + train + bus:  15​h 45​min
Buffalo

4
days
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Leacanabuaile Fort and Tig Aine. Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church and Kilbaha Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballinskelligs Beach (in Ballinskelligs), Glentenassig Forest (in Castlegregory) and Bridges of Ross (in Kilkee). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon, steep yourself in history at Riasc, and look for gifts at NU goldsmith.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dingle itinerary planner.

Buffalo, USA to Dingle is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In June, Dingle is slightly colder than Buffalo - with highs of 64°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, Kilkee, Tig Aine, Ballinskelligs Beach, Mount Brandon
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Glentenassig Forest ©
Glentenassig Forest
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church
The Carol Cronin Gallery ©
The Carol Cronin Gallery

2
days
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Kennedy's Pet Farm, then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and finally go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

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Drive from Dingle to Killarney in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trip

Ballybunion Golf Club
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Ballybunion Golf Club ©
Ballybunion Golf Club
Climbing Tours
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

2
days
Cork

Cork ©
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.
On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Michael Collins Centre, then examine the collection at West Cork Model Railway Village, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cork travel planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cork are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Clonakilty, Old Midleton Distillery, Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery
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Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
West Cork Model Railway Village ©
West Cork Model Railway Village
Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery ©
Lismore Castle Gardens & Gallery

2
days
Westport

Westport
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 21st (Wed), explore by horseback at Croagh Patrick Stables, kick back and relax at Mulranny Strand, and then ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Hennigan's Heritage Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Muredach's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Jackie Clarke Collection, and finally examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum.

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Traveling by car from Cork to Westport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ballina, Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Michael Davitt Museum, Mulranny Strand
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Hennigan's Heritage Centre
Hennigan's Heritage Centre
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Fanore Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): experience rural life at Loughwell Farm Park and then explore the historical opulence of Aughnanure Castle.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Galway vacation builder.

You can drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Galway are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Loughwell Farm Park, Fanore Beach, Aughnanure Castle
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Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

3
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jerpoint Park and Kia Ora Mini Farm. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ferns Castle and Mount Juliet Estate. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Cashel Folk Village (in Cashel), St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel) and Clonea Beach (in Dungarvan). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marys Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Kells Priory, Clonea Beach, Kia Ora Mini Farm, Ferns Castle, Cashel Folk Village
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Kia Ora Mini Farm ©
Kia Ora Mini Farm
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park

3
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trim Castle and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Glendalough Monastic Settlement and Bru na Boinne are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Brittas Bay (in Wicklow). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin, pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculpture, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dublin vacation builder.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kilkenny in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Dublin. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne, Brittas Bay, Glendalough Monastic Settlement
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Trim Castle
Trim Castle
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Glendalough Monastic Settlement ©
Glendalough Monastic Settlement

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