23 days in Ireland Itinerary

23 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Cobh
— 1 night
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Cork
— 2 nights
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Bunratty
— 4 nights
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Ennis
— 2 nights
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Corofin
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Sligo
— 5 nights
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Ardara
— 2 nights
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Cobh

— 1 night
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 18th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Barryscourt Castle, head off the coast to Spike Island, then get to know the fascinating history of Ballycotton Cliff Walk, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): look for gifts at Tregan Craft Centre, then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, then examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, and finally pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Monument.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cobh sightseeing planner.

Dublin to Cobh is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cobh can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Cobh

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

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 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, don't miss a visit to Blarney Stone, then explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then shop like a local with Crawford Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Prey Educational Centre.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Cork driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cobh to Cork in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cork are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Bunratty.

Things to do in Cork

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Bunratty

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dromoland Castle and University of Limerick. Step out of Bunratty to go to Bruff and see Old Irish Ways, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Thomond Park Stadium, get outside with Flannerys, stroll around People's Park, and explore the world behind art at Hunt Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Bunratty trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Cork to Bunratty by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daytime highs in Bunratty are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ennis.

Things to do in Bunratty

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Ennis

— 2 nights
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): make a trip to The Music Makers of West Clare, trek along Burren way, then get great views at Cliffs of Moher, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lahinch Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Ennis Friary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clare Coastal Walk Project, and then Head underground at Doolin Cave.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ennis, use our trip itinerary maker.

Ennis is very close to Bunratty. October in Ennis sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Corofin.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Corofin

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, then explore the ancient world of Kilmacduagh Tower, and then walk around Coole Park Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): look for gifts at Burren Perfumery, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then stroll through Burren Birds of Prey Centre, then contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, and finally see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Corofin tour itinerary planner.

Corofin is very close to Ennis. In October in Corofin, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Corofin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Distillery Tours and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Oughterard (Aughnanure Castle & Glengowla Mines). Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and walk around Rinville Park.

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Traveling by car from Corofin to Galway takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:

Sligo

— 5 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eagles Flying and Michael Davitt Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk), Ballina (Jackie Clarke Collection & Belleek Castle Museum) and Boyle (Lough Key Forest and Activity Park & Gaelic Chieftain Sculpture). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Strandhill Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea, steep yourself in history at Creevykeel Court Tomb, and don't miss a visit to Rosses Point.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sligo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Sligo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Sligo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ardara.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 7:

Ardara

— 2 nights
Ardara, pronounced "Ardra", is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. On the 8th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Glengesh Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Assaranca Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Campbells of Ardara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Slieve League, steep yourself in history at Glencolmcille Folk Village, and then stroll through Silver Strand Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ardara tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Sligo to Ardara in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ardara are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ardara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 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.

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 Donegal travel guide

4.5
Castles · Lookouts · Nightlife
O'Donnell's County
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions. Despite its large size, the county houses just over 150,000 residents spread across a landscape of low mountains and natural sea loughs. A bastion of Gaelic culture, the region maintains a distinct cultural identity and a fierce spirit of independence, exemplified by the popular saying "Up here it's different." A place of extremes, County Donegal features a rugged interior and an even rockier coastline, boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, this region offers you a chance to discover a quieter side of Ireland largely untouched by commercialization and mass tourism.