21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Dublin
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Phoenix Park and then contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerery planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Berkeley, USA to Dublin. The time zone difference when traveling from Berkeley to Dublin is 8 hours. Traveling from Berkeley in January, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 46°F and lows about 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Cork.

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Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park
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Kilmainham Gaol

3
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.
University College Cork (UCC) has been added to your itinerary. Cork City Gaol and Charles Fort will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Fota Wildlife Park and Ballynamona Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty), Kinsale (Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre & Stone Mad Gallery) and Cobh (Cobh Cathedral & Titanic Experience Cobh).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cork online itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Dublin to Cork in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Cork, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh, Inchydoney Beach, Ballynamona Beach
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Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

3
days
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step out of the city life by going to Gougane Barra National Forest Park and Garnish Island. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Back Lane Gallery and Original Kerry Craft Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare) and Tralee (Banna Strand & Kerry County Museum). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms.

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Traveling by taxi from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tralee, Garnish Island, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Original Kerry Craft Centre
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Garnish Island ©
Garnish Island
Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Gougane Barra National Forest Park

2
days
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Dromoland Castle and then appreciate the views at Glen of Aherlow.

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You can drive from Killarney to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Limerick, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Glen of Aherlow, The Burren
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle

4
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.
Get outdoors at Connemara National Park and Galway Bay. Coole Park and Galway Arts Centre will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Galway to Lisdoonvarna to see Doreen Drennan Art Studio about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway vacation trip planner.

Drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Galway are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Coole Park, Corcomroe Abbey
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Connemara National Park ©
Connemara National Park
Galway Bay ©
Galway Bay
Coole Park ©
Coole Park

2
days
Westport

Westport
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Jackie Clarke Collection, explore the galleries of Belleek Castle Museum, then see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre and then relax in the rural setting at The Farmyard.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Westport trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Museums Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ballina, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Michael Davitt Museum, Ballintubber Abbey, The Farmyard
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Belleek Castle Museum
Belleek Castle Museum
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum

4
days
Dublin

Dublin ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. Popular historic sites such as Trinity College Dublin and Wicklow Mountains National Park are in your itinerary. Explore Dublin further: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green, examine the collection at Irish Whiskey Museum, meet the residents at Dublin Zoo, and sample the fine beverages at The Old Jameson Distillery.

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You can drive from Westport to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park

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