10 days in Dublin, Western Ireland & Cork Itinerary

10 days in Dublin, Western Ireland & Cork Itinerary

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Dublin
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 1 day
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Killala
— 1 night
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Louisburgh
— 1 night
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Kinvara
— 3 nights
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Cork
— 1 night
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Dublin

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dublin Zoo. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, then kick back and relax at Sandymount Strand, and then kick back and relax at Seapoint Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dublin journey builder tool.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Dublin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Reykjavik in May, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Galway

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Galway day trip site.

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Galway sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Killala.

Things to do in Galway

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Killala

— 1 night
Killala is a village in County Mayo in Ireland, north of Ballina. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tee off at Enniscrone Golf Club, then stroll through Carrowmore Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Moyne Abbey.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Killala attractions website.

Drive from Galway to Killala in 2 hours. Traveling from Galway in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Killala. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Louisburgh.

Things to do in Killala

Outdoors · Golf · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

Louisburgh

— 1 night
Louisburgh is a small town on the southwest corner of Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Mulranny Strand, identify plant and animal life at The Lost Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Murrisk Abbey.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisburgh online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killala to Louisburgh takes 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Killala in May since evenings lows in Louisburgh dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Kinvara.

Things to do in Louisburgh

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Kinvara

— 3 nights
Kinvara, also spelled Kinvarra, is a sea port village located in the south of County Galway, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, then trek along Hag's Head, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kinvara tour planner.

Drive from Louisburgh to Kinvara in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kinvara can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Cork.

Things to do in Kinvara

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Cork

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and then steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cork travel planning tool.

Drive from Kinvara to Cork in 2.5 hours. In May in Cork, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

Western Ireland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
Western Ireland overflows with quaint coastal towns, historical castles, and picturesque rocky landscapes. With big cities like Galway, Cork, and Limerick, the region has the right amount of urban flavor to balance Ireland's rugged west coast. Carpeted green fields end abruptly at the Cliffs of Moher, which draw visitors as a top tourist attraction in the region. The area's Aran Islands, a collection of three small islands, showcase the original language through many native Irish speakers.