19 days in Ireland Itinerary

19 days in Ireland Itinerary

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19 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sligo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cork
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Toronto

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wicklow Mountains National Park and Marsh's Library. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dublin tour planner.

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

3
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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.
Visiting Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Wild Atlantic Way and Doolin Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Ballyvaughan (Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Galway tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Galway sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Corcomroe Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Scattery Island, Burren National Park
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Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

2
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Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Glencar Waterfall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mountshannon Eagles, then kick back and relax at Strandhill Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Knocknarea. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Arigna Mining Experience, and then stroll around Lough Key Forest and Activity Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sligo online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Sligo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Sligo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arigna Mining Experience, Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Glencar Waterfall, Mountshannon Eagles
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Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Glencar Waterfall ©
Glencar Waterfall

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Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Great Western Greenway, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at The Lost Valley, contemplate the long history of Killadoon Standing Stone, then step into the grandiose world of Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Jacks Old Cottage.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Westport online vacation planner .

Getting from Sligo to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in August, Westport is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Killadoon Standing Stone, The Lost Valley, Jacks Old Cottage, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley

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Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Step off the beaten path and head to Slea Head Drive and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visiting Skellig Michael and Dingle Peninsula will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, meet the residents at Dingle Oceanworld, and make a trip to Eask Tower.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip maker site .

Drive from Westport to Dingle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Dingle, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

County Kerry, Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

3
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Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get outdoors at Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gap of Dunloe and Climbing Tours. There's still lots to do: cruise along Ring of Kerry, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, make a trip to Ladies' View, and identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Killarney road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry, St. Patrick's Church
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Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, then step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park and then take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cork trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Fota Wildlife Park
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Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park

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