17 days in Ireland & Bushmills Itinerary

17 days in Ireland & Bushmills Itinerary

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17 days in Ireland & Bushmills Itinerary

Start: Moline, United States
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Dalkey, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Kilkenny, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
5
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Bray, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Vale of Glendalough, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Moline, United States

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Spire, then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, and finally wander the streets of Temple Bar.

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Moline, USA to Dublin is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moline in February: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 46°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
Galway, Ireland

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and finally stop by Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galway trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Galway are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dalkey.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

1
night
Dalkey, Ireland

Dalkey ©
Dalkey is one of the most affluent suburbs of Dublin, and a seaside resort just south of Dublin City, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Biddy's Cottage Dalkey, then enjoy the sand and surf at Killiney Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Killiney Hill. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre and then step off the mainland to explore Dalkey Island.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Dalkey trip maker site.

Drive from Galway to Dalkey in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Dalkey are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dalkey

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Killiney
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Killiney Hill ©
Killiney Hill
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre ©
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
Dalkey Island ©
Dalkey Island

few
hours
Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dalkey to Kilkenny in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites
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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Dark Hedges as well as Giant's Causeway. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Dunseverick Falls, look for gifts at McConaghy's Souvenir Shop, explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, then cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, and finally sample the fine beverages at Bushmills Distillery. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Riverwatch Aquarium and Visitor Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, and finally take in the views from Peace bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bushmills itinerary planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Bushmills by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Bushmills, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 41°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Scenic Drive Beaches

Side Trips

Derry, Causeway Coastal Route
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
City Walls ©
City Walls

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to University College Cork (UCC), get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, then look for gifts at Iago, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cork trip planner.

Getting from Bushmills to Cork by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Bushmills in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cork, with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Bray.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 2:
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
University College Cork (UCC) ©
University College Cork (UCC)
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

3
nights
Bray, Ireland

Bray ©
Though its glory days may have passed, the busy seaside resort of Bray offers plenty to enjoy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bray: The Gaslamp Gallery (in Gorey), Ballymoney Beach (in Ballymoney) and Seal Rescue Ireland (in Courtown). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Redeemer Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bray Head, and head outdoors with Sugarloaf Adventures.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bray trip planning site.

Drive from Cork to Bray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bray are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Vale of Glendalough.

Things to do in Bray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Enniskerry, Gorey, Seal Rescue Ireland
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:
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Cliff Walk Car Park Bray ©
Cliff Walk Car Park Bray
Seal Rescue Ireland ©
Seal Rescue Ireland
The Gaslamp Gallery ©
The Gaslamp Gallery

2
nights
Vale of Glendalough, Ireland

Vale of Glendalough ©
If you're seeking a view of Ireland's sweeping scenery, visit the rugged and romantic Vale of Glendalough, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement.
On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Glenmacnass Waterfall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wicklow Mountains National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vale of Glendalough online vacation planner.

You can drive from Bray to Vale of Glendalough in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Vale of Glendalough

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Vartry Reservoir
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Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Vartry Reservoir ©
Vartry Reservoir
Glenmacnass Waterfall ©
Glenmacnass Waterfall

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then contemplate the long history of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, then admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, and finally admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney trip planner.

Getting from Vale of Glendalough to Killarney by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

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