32 days in Ireland & Portrush Itinerary

32 days in Ireland & Portrush Itinerary

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32 days in Ireland & Portrush Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Shannon, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Baltimore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kenmare, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Ballina, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Letterkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Dundalk, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
End: Dublin, Ireland

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Shannon, Ireland

Shannon ©
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. On the 10th (Tue), play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle and then contemplate the long history of Askeaton Friary.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shannon trip maker site .

Denver, USA to Shannon is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Denver to Shannon. When traveling from Denver in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shannon: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Baltimore.

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Askeaton Friary
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
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Askeaton Friary ©
Askeaton Friary
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

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Baltimore, Ireland

Baltimore ©
Baltimore is a village in western County Cork, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Abbeystrewry Graveyard, take an unorthodox tour of Drombeg Stone Circle, then get engrossed in the history at Michael Collins House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Timoleague Franciscan Friary.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Baltimore trip planning site .

Getting from Shannon to Baltimore by car takes about 3 hours. September in Baltimore sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Kenmare.

Things to do in Baltimore

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Skibbereen, Michael Collins House, Timoleague Franciscan Friary
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Drombeg Stone Circle ©
Drombeg Stone Circle
Michael Collins House ©
Michael Collins House
The Wild Atlantic Pool ©
The Wild Atlantic Pool

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Kenmare, Ireland

Kenmare ©
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Stone Circle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gleninchaquin Park and Uragh Stone Circle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kenmare: Allihies (Allihies Copper Mine Museum & Allihies Copper Mine Trail) and Gougane Barra Church (in Gougane Barra). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church, steep yourself in history at Our Lady's Well, shop like a local with Norman McCloskey Photography, and look for all kinds of wild species at Glengarriff Nature Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Baltimore to Kenmare takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Dingle.

Things to do in Kenmare

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Allihies, Glengarriff Nature Reserve, Uragh Stone Circle, Gougane Barra Church
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
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Uragh Stone Circle ©
Uragh Stone Circle
Gleninchaquin Park ©
Gleninchaquin Park

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Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Let the collections at Kerry Writer's Museum and Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Gallarus Oratory and St.James Church. Get out of town with these interesting Dingle side-trips: Listowel Castle (in Listowel) and Ardfert Cathedral (in Ardfert). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Minard Castle, examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dingle Marina.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dingle trip maker app .

You can drive from Kenmare to Dingle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Listowel, Ardfert Cathedral, Dun Chaoin Pier
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Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Ardfert Cathedral ©
Ardfert Cathedral

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Irish Workhouse Centre and Kilmacduagh Tower. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock and Portumna Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Burren Nature Sanctuary (in Kinvara), Cong (The Quiet Man Museum, Monk's Fishing House, & more) and Gort (Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve & Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, examine the collection at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kirwan's Lane.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway travel planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cong, Gort, Portumna, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

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Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Lavelle Art Gallery. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Roundstone Ceramics, take in the exciting artwork at Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Clifden tour planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Clifden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Wed), you're off toBallina.

Things to do in Clifden

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roundstone Ceramics, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Roundstone Ceramics ©
Roundstone Ceramics

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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.
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Hennigan's Heritage Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Jackie Clarke Collection and Michael Davitt Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Ballina side-trips: Elphin Windmill (in Elphin), The High Cross (in Drumcliff) and Sligo (Sligo Abbey & Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Belleek Castle Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Muredach's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Moyne Abbey, and don't miss a visit to The North Mayo Heritage Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballina online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Clifden to Ballina takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Ballina are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sligo, Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Boyle Abbey, Elphin Windmill, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Elphin Windmill ©
Elphin Windmill

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Letterkenny, Ireland

Letterkenny ©
As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glenveagh Castle and Saint Eunan's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection and Glengesh Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Letterkenny: Donegal Designer Makers (in Ardara), Doe Castle (in Creeslough) and Maritime & Heritage Visitor Centre (in Killybegs). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at The Art House, don't miss a visit to Newmills Corn and Flax Mill, admire the verdant scenery at Poison Glen, and have some family-friendly fun at Arena 7 Entertainment Complex.

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You can drive from Ballina to Letterkenny in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Portrush.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ardara, Poison Glen, Maritime & Heritage Visitor Centre, Doe Castle, The Art House
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Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle
Doe Castle ©
Doe Castle
The Art House ©
The Art House

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Popular historic sites such as Dunluce Castle and Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Tower Museum and Mussenden Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Seamus Heaney HomePlace (in Bellaghy), Kinbane Castle (in Ballycastle) and St. Augustine's Church (in Derry). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Portrush East Strand, tee off at Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links, delve into the distant past at Dunseverick Castle, and make a trip to Largantea Picnic Area.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portrush trip planner .

Traveling by car from Letterkenny to Portrush takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Dundalk.

Things to do in Portrush

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Castlerock, Derry, Largantea Picnic Area, Kinbane Castle, Dunseverick Castle
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Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum
Seamus Heaney HomePlace ©
Seamus Heaney HomePlace

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Dundalk, Ireland

Dundalk
Dundalk is the county town of County Louth, Ireland. To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dundalk travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Dundalk takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Dundalk are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. You'll set off for Dublin on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Dundalk

Nightlife Outdoors Parks
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Popular historic sites such as Guinness Storehouse and Powerscourt Gardens and House are in your itinerary. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to The Mill at Avoca Village in Avoca--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church, and examine the collection at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre.

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Drive from Dundalk to Dublin in 1.5 hours. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, The Mill at Avoca Village
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

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