20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Howth
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Glendalough Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Dublin


Howth ©
Howth is a village and outer suburb of Dublin, Ireland. On the 16th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Howth Castle, make a trip to Ireland's Eye Ferries, visit a coastal fixture at Howth Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio, then steep yourself in history at Howth Martello Tower, and finally look for gifts at Howth Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Howth trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In October, daytime highs in Howth are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Howth

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Howth Lighthouse ©
Howth Lighthouse
Ireland's Eye Ferries ©
Ireland's Eye Ferries
Howth Castle ©
Howth Castle


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 Dublin Mountains and Marsh's Library. Change things up with a short trip to Celtic Rider in Kill (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, pause for some photo ops at The O'Connell Monument, take in the views from Samuel Beckett Bridge, and browse the collection at National Library of Ireland.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin day trip planning website .

Dublin is just a short distance from Howth. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Curracloe.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Celtic Rider, Newbarn Farm
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River Liffey ©
River Liffey
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Marsh's Library ©
Marsh's Library


Curracloe ©
Curracloe is a village in County Wexford, a few miles northeast of the town of Wexford, Ireland. Step off the beaten path and head to The Raven Nature Reserve and Blackwater Open Farm. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Curracloe Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, and stroll through Ballyheigue Beach.

Before you visit Curracloe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Dublin to Curracloe by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Curracloe are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You will leave for Killarney on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Curracloe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballyheigue Beach, Blackwater Open Farm, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
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Wexford Wildfowl Reserve ©
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Blackwater Open Farm ©
Blackwater Open Farm


Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Mary's Cathedral and Old Kenmare Road. There's much more to do: stroll through Torc Mountain Walk, admire the natural beauty at Killarney House Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Carrantoohil, and hike along The Kerry Way.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Killarney online road trip planner .

You can drive from Curracloe to Killarney in 4 hours. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Old Kenmare Road
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Killarney Falconry ©
Killarney Falconry
Irish Whiskey Experience ©
Irish Whiskey Experience


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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum and Rinville Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: The Irish Workhouse Centre (in Portumna) and Room Escape Games (in Athlone). Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Doo Lough Valley, gain insight at National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG), relax in the rural setting at Rathbaun Farm, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Galway online route planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In October in Galway, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Glendalough Village.

Things to do in Galway

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Athlone, The Irish Workhouse Centre
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The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum ©
Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum

Glendalough Village

Glendalough Village ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Falconry Ireland and Glendalough Upper Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Glendalough Village side-trips: Heywood Gardens (in Abbeyleix), National Bird of Prey Centre (in Blessington) and Carlow (Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, Milford Mills, & more).

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Glendalough Village day trip planning tool .

Getting from Galway to Glendalough Village by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Glendalough Village

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Arklow, Carlow, Wicklow, Vartry Reservoir, Heywood Gardens
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Glendalough Upper Lake ©
Glendalough Upper Lake
Woodenbridge Golf Club ©
Woodenbridge Golf Club
Carlow County Museum ©
Carlow County Museum