21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  9​h
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Ballinskelligs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cork
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Boston

2
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.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Powerscourt Gardens and House and then enjoy the sand and surf at Brittas Bay. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland, appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures, then don't miss a visit to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then see the interesting displays at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dublin online trip itinerary planner .

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Boston to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Boston in July, with highs in Dublin at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Brittas Bay
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©

3
nights
Kilkenny

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.
Get some cultural insight at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Ferns Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Kennedy Homestead (in New Ross), The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy) and Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, King of the Vikings VR, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, view the masterpieces at The Blackbird Gallery, head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and admire the natural beauty at Woodstock House and Gardens.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kilkenny using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kilkenny, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Enniscorthy, Kennedy Homestead
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Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Salthill Promenade and Portumna Castle. Get outdoors at Wild Atlantic Way and The Wormhole. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Coole Park (in Gort), Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong & Monk's Fishing House) and The Irish Workhouse Centre (in Portumna). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, look for gifts at Connemara Celtic Crystal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Galway online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Galway when traveling from Kilkenny in July, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portumna, Cong, Connemara Celtic Crystal, The Wormhole, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade
Portumna Castle ©
Portumna Castle

1
night
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stop by Kenny Woollen Mills Shop.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Liscannor trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahinch, Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses
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Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gallarus Oratory and Dun Chaoin Pier. Get a sense of the local culture at The Great Blasket Centre and Island and St.James Church. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and go for a stroll along the water at Dingle Marina.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Liscannor to Dingle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Dingle, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ballinskelligs.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dunquin
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass

3
nights
Ballinskelligs

Ballinskelligs ©
Ballinskelligs, officially Baile an Sceilg, is a Gaeltacht village in the south-west of the Iveragh peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. Step out of the city life by going to Skellig Michael and Ballinskelligs Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skelligs Chocolate Co. and Skellig Ring Scenic Drive.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ballinskelligs planning app .

You can drive from Dingle to Ballinskelligs in 2 hours. July in Ballinskelligs sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 56°F at night. You will leave for Killarney on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Ballinskelligs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Skellig Ring Scenic Drive, Skellig Michael
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Skellig Ring Scenic Drive ©
Skellig Ring Scenic Drive

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Old Kenmare Road, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then stop by Moriarty’s, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip planner.

Getting from Ballinskelligs to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kenmare
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Cork City Gaol and Titanic Experience Cobh. Step off the beaten path and head to The English Market and Jameson Distillery Midleton. Venture out of the city with trips to Kinsale (Charles Fort, Giles Norman Photography Gallery, & more) and Clonakilty (Inchydoney Beach & Michael Collins Centre). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher, and have some family-friendly fun at Leahys Open Farm.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cork trip planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kinsale, Clonakilty, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Titanic Experience Cobh, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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