31 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

31 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Kingscourt, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3 h
9
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
10
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
11
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Michan's Church, Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Malahide Castle and Glendalough Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Bru na Boinne and National Library of Ireland. The adventure continues: stroll around St Stephens Green, make a trip to The Spire, and get a sense of history and politics at An Post General Post Office.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dublin travel route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Dublin reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bodenstown Graveyard, Oldbridge Estate/Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre, Glendalough Cathedral, Bru na Boinne, Malahide Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes House Of Waterford Crystal, Black Abbey, Medieval Mile Museum, and other attractions you added. Get some historical perspective at Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel, County Kilkenny
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

3
nights
Cork, Ireland

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.
You've added Kinsale Food Tours, Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, Charles Fort, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sat), hunt for treasures at The English Market. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then stroll around Fitzgerald Park, then explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ballycotton Cliff Walk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cork online tour planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kinsale, Torc Mountain Walk
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk

1
night
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes O'Flaherty's Bar as well as Slea Head Drive. On the 7th (Tue), head outdoors with Slea Head Drive and then add some entertainment to your itinerary with O'Flaherty's Bar.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dingle tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cork to Dingle in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Cave, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

2
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Naughton's Pub (Tigh Neachtain), Galway Cathedral, Knocknarea, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): join in the after-dark buzz at Naughton's Pub (Tigh Neachtain).

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dingle in January, expect Galway to be a bit cooler, temps between 7°C and 2°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knocknarea, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Yeats's Grave
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

2
nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
You've added Museum of Free Derry, City Walking Tours, Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, and other attractions to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dunluce Castle and St. Columb's Cathedral. When in Derry, make a side trip to see Giant's Causeway in Bushmills, approximately Bushmills away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Derry trip maker site.

Drive from Galway to Derry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Derry can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Enniskillen, Bushmills, Dunluce Castle
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St. Columb's Cathedral ©
St. Columb's Cathedral
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum

2
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast: Political Conflict 3 hour Walking Tour, Parliament Buildings, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Parliament Buildings, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, learn about all things military at Northern Ireland War Memorial, then gain insight with Belfast: Political Conflict 3 hour Walking Tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Belfast day trip website.

You can take a bus from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Belfast are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kingscourt.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast

2
nights
Kingscourt, Ireland

Kingscourt
Kingscourt, historically known as Dunaree, is a town in County Cavan, Ireland. For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kingscourt trip maker.

You can drive from Belfast to Kingscourt in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kingscourt can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Kingscourt

Nightlife Outdoors Parks
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6
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kingscourt to Reykjavik. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kingscourt in January: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik
To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik holiday planning app.

On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dublin.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
You've now added The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

Fly from Reykjavik to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in January, with highs in Dublin at 9°C and lows at 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition ©

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