32 days in Ireland & Portrush Itinerary

32 days in Ireland & Portrush Itinerary

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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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Dromoland Castle and then steep yourself in history at Askeaton Friary.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Shannon tour planner.

Denver, USA to Shannon is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Denver to Shannon, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shannon, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Baltimore.

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Askeaton Friary
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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): stroll the grounds of Abbeystrewry Graveyard, explore the ancient world of Drombeg Stone Circle, then get engrossed in the history at Michael Collins House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Timoleague Franciscan Friary.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Baltimore online road trip planner.

You can drive from Shannon to Baltimore in 3.5 hours. September in Baltimore sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to 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.
Visit Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Uragh Stone Circle for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Allihies Copper Mine Museum and Norman McCloskey Photography. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kenmare: Gougane Barra Church (in Gougane Barra) and Allihies Copper Mine Trail (in Allihies). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church, contemplate the long history of Stone Circle, don't miss a visit to Templenoe Burial, and stop by Kenmare Lace and Design Centre.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kenmare online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Baltimore to Kenmare in 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 Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Allihies, Gougane Barra Church, Glengarriff Nature Reserve, Uragh Stone Circle
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
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Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm ©
Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gallarus Oratory and St.James Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Riasc and Listowel Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dingle: Ardfert Cathedral (in Ardfert) and Kerry Writer's Museum (in Listowel). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Dun Chaoin Pier, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, go for a stroll along the water at Dingle Marina, and examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Dingle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Dingle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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 and learn at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum and The Quiet Man Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Royal Abbey of Cong and Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Gort (Coole Park Nature Reserve & Kilmacduagh Tower), Portumna (Portumna Castle & The Irish Workhouse Centre) and Monk's Fishing House (in Cong). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, identify plant and animal life at Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and don't miss a visit to Kirwan's Lane.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Galway travel route tool.

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. September in Galway sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Lavelle Art Gallery. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Roundstone Ceramics, then stop by Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Clifden trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Galway to Clifden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Ballina on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Clifden

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Roundstone Ceramics
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Michael Davitt Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hennigan's Heritage Centre and Elphin Windmill. Get out of town with these interesting Ballina side-trips: Boyle Abbey (in Boyle), The High Cross (in Drumcliff) and Sligo (Sligo Abbey & Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Jackie Clarke Collection, explore the ancient world of Belleek Castle Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary, and make a trip to Saint Mary's Well.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ballina trip tool.

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, daily temperatures in Ballina can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sligo, Moyne Abbey, Boyle Abbey, The High Cross, Hennigan's Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:
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National Museum of Ireland - Country Life ©
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
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.
Get some cultural insight at Glenveagh Castle and Doe Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection and Saint Eunan's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Maritime & Heritage Visitor Centre (in Killybegs), Ardara (Glengesh Pass & Donegal Designer Makers) and The Art House Art Gallery (in Dunfanaghy). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Donegal County Museum, appreciate the views at Poison Glen, don't miss a visit to Newmills Corn and Flax Mill, and perfect your strike at Arena 7 Entertainment Complex.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Letterkenny travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Ballina to Letterkenny in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Letterkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Portrush.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Dunluce Castle and Kinbane Castle. Get some historical perspective at Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House and Largantea Picnic Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portrush: Seamus Heaney HomePlace (in Bellaghy) and Derry (Tower Museum & St. Augustine's Church). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Portrush East Strand, delve into the distant past at Dunseverick Castle, play a few rounds at Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links, and stroll through Portrush West Strand.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Portrush itinerary tool.

Drive from Letterkenny to Portrush in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Portrush can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dundalk.

Things to do in Portrush

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Derry, Kinbane Castle, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, Dunseverick Castle
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Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House ©
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum

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Dundalk, Ireland

Dundalk
Dundalk is the county town of County Louth, Ireland. To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dundalk online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Dundalk takes 2.5 hours. October in Dundalk sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. On the 7th (Mon), you're off to Dublin.

Things to do in Dundalk

Nightlife Outdoors Historic Sites
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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.
Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Powerscourt Gardens and House. Step out of Dublin to go to Avoca and see The Mill at Avoca Village, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, explore the galleries of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, see the interesting displays at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dundalk to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Dublin are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, The Mill at Avoca Village
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum

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