29 days in Ireland Itinerary

29 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 1 night
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Cork
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Tipperary
— 2 nights
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Ennistymon
— 8 nights
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Limerick
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 5 nights
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Dublin
— 1 night
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Dublin

— 1 night

Fair City

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 13th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Merrion Square and then stroll around Phoenix Park.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary builder site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get colder in Dublin: highs are around 10°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Cork

— 4 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.
Cork is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Annie Moore Monument, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Cork in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Kilkenny

— 3 nights

Marble City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Waterford (Reginald's Tower, Bishop's Palace, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Irish National Heritage Park, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tipperary.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Tipperary

— 2 nights
Tipperary is a town and a civil parish in County Tipperary, Ireland. Change things up with these side-trips from Tipperary: Swiss Cottage (in Cahir) and Mitchelstown Cave (in Burncourt). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Rock of Cashel, get engrossed in the history at Cashel Folk Village, bet on a winner at Tipperary Racecourse, and admire the verdant scenery at Glen of Aherlow.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tipperary trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Tipperary takes 1.5 hours. December in Tipperary sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ennistymon.

Things to do in Tipperary

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Ennistymon

— 8 nights
Ennistymon or Ennistimon is a country market town in County Clare, near the west coast of Ireland. Get out of town with these interesting Ennistymon side-trips: Corofin (The Farmyard & Burren National Park), Ballyvaughan (Burren Birds of Prey Centre & Aillwee Cave) and Burren National Park (Father Ted's House & Lough Avalla Farm Looped Walk). Spend the 26th (Sun) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Burren Perfumery, explore the ancient world of Carran Medieval Church, don't miss a visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen, and see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ennistymon road trip planner.

Drive from Tipperary to Ennistymon in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ennistymon can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Ennistymon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 31:

Limerick

— 2 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 1st (Sat), experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Thomond Park Stadium, stop by The Lawrence Collection, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Limerick.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Limerick holiday maker app.

You can drive from Ennistymon to Limerick in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Killarney

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Dingle Oceanworld (in Dingle), Inch Beach (in Inch) and Kenmare (St. Patrick's Church & Norman McCloskey Photography). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, and admire the natural beauty at Muckross House.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip app.

You can drive from Limerick to Killarney in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

Dublin

— 1 night

Fair City

Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at GPO Museum, then explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, and then steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around St Stephens Green, shop like a local with Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, then take an in-depth tour of National Photographic Archive, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Killarney to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Killarney in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Dublin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Ireland travel guide

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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.