24 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

24 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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24 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kinsale, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Westport, Ireland
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
5
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Galway, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Liscannor, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Waterford, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
10
Achill Island, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Cong, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Ennis, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Buncrana, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
15
Ballina, Ireland
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h
16
Inishmore, Ireland
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  1​h 45​min
17
Ballyvaughan, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
18
Wexford, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

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Dublin, Ireland

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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Dublin tour itinerary builder .

Vancouver, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vancouver to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Dublin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
Step out of Kilkenny with an excursion to Rock of Cashel in Cashel--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Kilkenny Castle, pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and explore the fascinating landscape at The Ice Cream Parlour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kells Priory, Rock of Cashel
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

1
night
Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale
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.
For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale trip planner .

Getting from Kilkenny to Kinsale by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Westport.

Things to do in Kinsale

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 11th (Fri), grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, then take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport tour itinerary website .

Drive from Kinsale to Westport in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Ballintubber Abbey
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

2
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Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bushmills Distillery, cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, then look for gifts at McConaghy's Souvenir Shop, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Dunseverick Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bushmills trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Westport to Bushmills in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Beaches Breweries & Distilleries
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Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Bushmills Distillery ©
Bushmills Distillery

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hours
Galway, Ireland

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): walk around Eyre Square, then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally look for gifts at Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway online travel planner .

You can drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Nightlife Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Liscannor, Ireland

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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): play a few rounds at Lahinch Golf Club, then trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Liscannor road trip site .

Traveling by car from Galway to Liscannor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Liscannor

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lahinch Golf Club, Clare Coastal Walk Project
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Lahinch Golf Club ©
Lahinch Golf Club
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

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hours
Waterford, Ireland

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
On the 14th (Mon), look for gifts at BEBHINN, get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and finally take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Waterford day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Waterford takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
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Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Reginald's Tower ©
Reginald's Tower

1
night
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle tour planner .

You can drive from Waterford to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Dingle, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Achill Island.
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Eask Tower ©
Eask Tower

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nights
Achill Island, Ireland

Achill Island
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
On the 16th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, delve into the distant past at Deserted Village, and then explore the activities along Keem Bay.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Achill Island travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dingle to Achill Island. In September in Achill Island, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cong.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village

1
night
Cong, Ireland

Cong ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): examine the collection at The Quiet Man Museum, make a trip to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Abbey of Cong.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cong sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Achill Island to Cong by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cong are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites Museums
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Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara ©

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Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. On the 18th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, look for gifts at Seoidin, then explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, and finally examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ennis trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Cong to Ennis in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Ennis, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Ennis

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Corofin, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

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Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, don't miss a visit to Lough Eske, then look for gifts at Magee Clothing, then snap pictures at Fairy Bridges, and finally make a splash at Bundoran Waterworld.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Donegal Town online tour planner .

You can drive from Ennis to Donegal Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Donegal Town, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buncrana.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bundoran
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Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Magee 1866 ©
Magee 1866
Lough Eske ©
Lough Eske

1
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Buncrana, Ireland

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll around Swan Park, learn about all things military at Fort Dunree Military Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Doagh Famine village.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Buncrana trip builder site .

Drive from Donegal Town to Buncrana in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Buncrana

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Doagh Famine village
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Doagh Famine village ©
Doagh Famine village
Swan Park ©
Swan Park
Fort Dunree Military Museum ©
Fort Dunree Military Museum

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Ballina, Ireland

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll the grounds of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea, and then step into the grandiose world of Belleek Castle. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ceide Fields.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ballina road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Buncrana to Ballina takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Buncrana in September since evenings lows in Ballina dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Ballina

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sligo, Ceide Fields
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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Ceide Fields ©
Ceide Fields
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum

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Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): trek along The Wormhole, then stop by Aran Sweater Market, then make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, and finally explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Inishmore trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ballina to Inishmore. In September, daytime highs in Inishmore are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Inishmore

Trails Parks Outdoors
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The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Teampall Bhean'in ©
Teampall Bhean'in

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Ballyvaughan, Ireland

Ballyvaughan ©
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, then steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, and then explore the striking landscape at The Burren.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ballyvaughan online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Ballyvaughan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wexford.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

County Clare
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave

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Wexford, Ireland

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Plan a Wexford trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ballyvaughan to Wexford in 4 hours. September in Wexford sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks

Side Trips

Wells House & Gardens, Irish National Heritage Park
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Irish National Heritage Park ©
Irish National Heritage Park
Wells House & Gardens ©
Wells House & Gardens

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