30 days in Ireland Itinerary

30 days in Ireland Itinerary

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30 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cork
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Galway
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
8
Inishmore
— 2 nights
9
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 15​min
10
Westport
— 3 nights
+3
train + tram + bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Glendalough Cathedral and Malahide Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Bru na Boinne and Trim Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, take an in-depth tour of National Library of Ireland, admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, and appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary app .

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. In May, Dublin is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Glendalough Cathedral, Wicklow Mountains National Park
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:
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Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hook Lighthouse and Black Abbey. Get some cultural insight at Hore Abbey and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Waterford (Bishop's Palace & Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny journey tool .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in May since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Waterford, Hore Abbey, Hook Lighthouse, Cahir Castle
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ballycotton Cliff Walk and Cork City Gaol. Visit Cobh Cathedral and St. Anne's Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Charles Fort (in Kinsale) and Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, appreciate the history behind Choctaw Native American Monument, and get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cork trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Cork are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cobh, Midleton, Fota Wildlife Park, Charles Fort, Inchydoney Beach
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Torc Waterfall and Climbing Tours. Popular historic sites such as Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm in Kenmare (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, browse the exhibits of The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography, don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, and look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

3
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Escape the urban bustle at Slea Head Drive and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inch Beach and Dingle Peninsula. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dingle Whiskey Distillery, delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Dingle sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hunt Museum, then step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Cruises Street, Limerick.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Limerick trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Limerick takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Limerick are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral
Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glengowla Mines and The Irish Workhouse Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Curraghduff Farm and Doo Lough Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan), Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk) and Portumna Castle (in Portumna). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and explore the historical opulence of Oranmore Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner .

Getting from Limerick to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Galway sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Portumna, Oughterard, Tyrone House, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre

2
nights
Inishmore

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 22nd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), and then look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Blow Holes.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Inishmore journey planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Aran Sweater Market ©
Aran Sweater Market

2
nights
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for gifts at Lia Arann, delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, then make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, then delve into the distant past at Dun Eochla, and finally explore the ancient world of Teampall Chiarain. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilmurvey Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wormhole.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Inishmore tour itinerary tool .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta
Dun Eochla ©
Dun Eochla
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Get some cultural insight at Gothic Chapel and Ballintubber Abbey. Visit St Mary's Church and Holy Trinity Church for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Silver Strand (in Louisburgh), Diamond Hill (in Letterfrack) and Mulranny Strand (in Mulranny). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Abbaye de Cong, explore the galleries of The Quay Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and appreciate the history behind St. Patrick Statue.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport trip planning website .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Westport in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Westport are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cong, Diamond Hill, Ballintubber Abbey, Gothic Chapel, Mulranny Strand
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church
Gothic Chapel ©
Gothic Chapel
Mulranny Strand ©
Mulranny Strand

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