23 days in Ireland Itinerary

23 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Galway
— 3 nights
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Inishmore
— 2 nights
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Corofin
— 2 nights
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Bunratty
— 2 nights
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Cobh
— 2 nights
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Kinsale
— 1 night
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Kenmare
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Dingle
— 3 nights
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Galway

— 3 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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Doolin (Doolin Cave & Clare Coastal Walk Project), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Ireland's School of Falconry, ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and don't miss a visit to Eyre Square.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planning app.

Dublin to Galway is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Inishmore

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 22nd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School and then don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in. On your second day here, look for gifts at Lia Arann, delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and then get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Inishmore tour planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Corofin.

Things to do in Inishmore

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Corofin

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, then Head underground at Aillwee Cave, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Burren Birds of Prey Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Corofin day trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Inishmore to Corofin. In October, daily temperatures in Corofin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bunratty.

Things to do in Corofin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Bunratty

— 2 nights
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, steep yourself in history at Ennis Friary, and then tee off at Dromoland Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bunratty trip planning app.

Drive from Corofin to Bunratty in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Cork

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Blarney Stone, steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Birds of Prey Educational Centre, then examine the collection at Collins Barracks Museum, and then make a trip to University College Cork (UCC).

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cork route planner.

You can drive from Bunratty to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. October in Cork sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cobh.

Things to do in Cork

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Cobh

— 2 nights
Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, then head off the coast to Spike Island, then pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Monument, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fota Wildlife Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

Plan trip to Cobh with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Cork to Cobh in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cobh are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Cobh

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

Kinsale

— 1 night
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 1st (Mon), stop by Kinsale Silver, contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then steep yourself in history at James Fort, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kinsale trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Cobh to Kinsale takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

Kenmare

— 2 nights
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Old Kenmare Road, and then stroll around Reenagross Park. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beara Way, then head outdoors with Ring of Beara, and then get to know the fascinating history of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kenmare day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Kenmare takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Kenmare are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kenmare

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Muckross House, Head underground at Crag Cave, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Killarney road trip planning app.

You can drive from Kenmare to Killarney in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

Dingle

— 3 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's still lots to do: cruise along Dingle Peninsula, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, make a trip to Eask Tower, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Dingle Oceanworld.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dingle travel planning site.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Dingle, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

Aran Islands travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Hiking Trails · Outdoor Activities
A collection of three islands off the west coast near Galway Bay, Aran Islands provide an isolated bit of the country where traditional culture reigns. The islands' inhabitants mostly speak Irish as a first language, and all place names are primarily in Irish, with English translations. Visitors revel in the small-town feel, authentic pubs, and native Irish language. Because the islands contain lots of unpaved roads and farmland bordered by walls made of limestone rocks, they're best explored by bike or on foot.

County Clare travel guide

4.2
Lookouts · Castles · Caves
Banner County
Situated just below County Galway on Ireland's west coast, County Clare serves as an amalgamation of stunning and unusual landscapes. Known for some of the most-visited sites in Ireland, County Clare draws visitors with its dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Formed by the pounding waves of the Atlantic below, the sheer cliffs bring together green earth, sheer drop-offs and blue sea. Meaning "a rocky place," the Burren landscape provides a stark contrast to the traditional green hills of Ireland, appearing as a moonscape of rocky crags and slabs. Beyond the natural splendor, the warmth of the residents in the county's small villages is a gem in its own right. Traditional Irish music and culture permeates this land and its people.

County Cork travel guide

4.3
Castles · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Rebel County
County Cork has made a name for itself as the home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary limestone rock rumored to give those who kiss it "the gift of the gab." People come from around the world to bend over backwards and put their lips to the rock in the hopes of becoming more eloquent. In Cork, the county's eponymous city, it is said that the accents rise and fall with the city's rolling terrain. The southern county attracts those looking for the iconic green hills, craggy coastline, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Known affectionately as The Rebel County for its role in the Irish War of Independence, this region is proudly Irish, as evidenced in the region's many cultural festivals and events.

County Kerry travel guide

4.5
National Parks · Gardens · Nightlife
The Kingdom
Forming Ireland's southwestern corner, County Kerry encompasses world-renowned landmarks like the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula and features the major city of Killarney at its heart. As a peripheral part of the country, County Kerry supports a thriving traditional Irish culture, including the Irish language, music, and dance. Nearly 5,000 native Irish speakers reside in the area, concentrated in two large Gaeltachts known as Corca Dhuibhne and Uibh Rathach. Many visitors come to enjoy the rugged beauty of Kerry's coastline, lakes, and mountains. Several picturesque walking routes wind their way through the landscape, giving tourists the chance to engage deeply with its untamed nature.