21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner

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Dublin
— 1 day
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Cork
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Limerick
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Dublin

— 1 day

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 8th (Sun): walk around Phoenix Park and then explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dublin tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 46°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Cork

— 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.
You've now added University College Cork (UCC) to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cobh Cathedral and Titanic Experience Cobh. Appreciate the collections at Cork City Gaol and Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Fota Wildlife Park (in Carrigtwohill), Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty) and Kinsale (Charles Fort & Stone Mad Gallery). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ballynamona Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cork day trip app.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Cork takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Banna Strand and Garinish Island. Get some cultural insight at Kerry County Museum and Muckross House. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra), Original Kerry Craft Centre (in Castlegregory) and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of The Back Lane Gallery.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney road trip planning tool.

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

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Limerick

— 2 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren. On the next day, play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle and then appreciate the views at Glen of Aherlow.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Limerick trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Limerick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Galway

— 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galway City Museum and Coole Park Nature Reserve. Visiting Galway Bay and Salthill Beaches will get you outdoors. Step out of Galway with an excursion to Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge. in Lisdoonvarna--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Quay Street, explore the wide array of goods at OMG Zhivago, explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Limerick to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Limerick in January, expect nights in Galway to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are little chillier, around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:

Westport

— 2 nights
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): see the interesting displays at Jackie Clarke Collection, head outdoors with Belleek Castle Museum, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre and then relax in the rural setting at The Farmyard.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Westport vacation tool.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Westport, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Dublin

— 4 nights

Fair City

Museum-lovers will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Popular historic sites such as Wicklow Mountains National Park and Trinity College Dublin are in your itinerary. Explore Dublin further: stroll around St Stephens Green, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens, and examine the collection at Irish Whiskey Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Dublin road trip planning site.

Drive from Westport to Dublin in 3 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 · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.