35 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 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.
On the 4th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, then examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip site.

Saint Paul, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Saint Paul to Dublin, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 3 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.
Visit Rock of Cashel and Butter Slip for their historical value. St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Kilkenny Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Cashel Folk Village (in Cashel), Holycross Abbey (in Tipperary) and Duckett's Grove (in Carlow). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawkeye School of Falconry, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Heywood Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny holiday builder.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Waterford.
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Waterford, Ireland — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at John Condon Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mayfield Birds of Prey. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at The Irish Handmade Glass Company, then stroll through Duncannon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Hook Lighthouse, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ballyhack Castle.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Waterford holiday builder website.

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Waterford are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nano Nagle Place and St Declan's Well and Oratory. Explore hidden gems such as Inchydoney Beach and Mitchelstown Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Ballysaggartmore Towers (in Lismore), St. Mary's Collegiate Church (in Youghal) and Owenahincha Beach (in Rosscarbery). It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens and pause for some serene contemplation at Ardmore Round Tower.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cork travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 3 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Visit Ross Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Killarney Falconry and Old Kenmare Road. Take a break from Killarney with a short trip to Gougane Barra National Forest Park in Gougane Barra, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Carrantoohil, appreciate the views at Black Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Lough Leane, and look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip planner.

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Killarney are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 2 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Minard Castle, then see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): get outside with Kingdom Falconry, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon, and then take a peaceful walk through Glenteenassig Forest Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dingle trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Killarney to Dingle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dingle are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Limerick.
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Limerick, Ireland — 3 nights

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Askeaton Friary and St. Joseph's Church. Visiting Ballyhoura Walking Trails and Boskill equestrian/Trekking Homestay will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Munchin's Catholic Church, and take an in-depth tour of Limerick Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Limerick visit app.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Limerick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Limerick sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Salthill Promenade and Kilmacduagh Tower. Escape the urban bustle at Ireland's School of Falconry and Zipline. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Gort (Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum & Coole Park Nature Reserve) and Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church, stroll around Eyre Square, see the interesting displays at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Galway trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. October in Galway sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Westport.
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Westport, Ireland — 4 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll get in some beach time at Mulranny Strand and Dugort Beach. Get some historical perspective at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Gothic Chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Spas (in Achill Island), Renvyle Beach (in Renvyle) and Achill Island Alpacas (in Dugort). There's much more to do: ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, see some colorful creatures with Adventure West, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and admire the landmark architecture of Newport Railway Viaduct.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Westport online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Sligo.
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Sligo, Ireland — 3 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Streedagh Beach and The High Cross. Get a sense of the local culture at Aughris Cliff Walk and Sligo Abbey. Step out of Sligo with an excursion to Adventure Gently in Dromahair--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Sligo Boat Charters, stroll through Dunmoran Strand, delve into the lush surroundings at Hazelwood, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sligo trip planner.

Drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Sligo sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 2 nights

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, then learn about all things military at War Years Remembered (War Museum), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Black Mountain, examine the collection at Irish FA Tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Malachy's Church.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Belfast driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Belfast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

Fair City

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience and National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History. Do some cultural sightseeing at Saint Patrick's Cathedral and St. Michan's Church. See even more of Dublin: get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Dublin Mountains, see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, and stroll through Portmarnock Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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