28 days in Ireland Itinerary

28 days in Ireland Itinerary

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28 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Wexford
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h
3
Waterford
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Cork
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Gort
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Westport
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Donegal Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Dunfanaghy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Dublin

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, walk around Phoenix Park, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read Dublin journey maker .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Wexford.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ferns Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

3
nights
Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kilmore Quay Harbour. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Keyser's Lane. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Irish National Heritage Park, steep yourself in history at Loftus Hall, then take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then examine the collection at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wexford attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Wexford takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Wexford can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Waterford.

Things to do in Wexford

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Irish National Heritage Park, Loftus Hall, Hook Lighthouse, The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Kilmore Quay Harbour
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Tintern Abbey ©
Tintern Abbey
Irish National Heritage Park ©
Irish National Heritage Park
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre ©

2
nights
Waterford

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St Declan's Well and Oratory. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, make a trip to The Viking Triangle, see the interesting displays at Reginald's Tower, then see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Palace, and finally take in the waterfront at William Vincent Wallace Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Wexford to Waterford takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, St Declan's Well and Oratory, Kells Priory, Mayfield Birds of Prey
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cork travel route planner.

Getting from Waterford to Cork by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. August in Cork sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
The English Market ©
The English Market

5
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dingle Peninsula, Great Blasket Island and The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, make a trip to Ladies' View, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, and explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Gort.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Blasket Island, Dingle Peninsula, The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre
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Killarney Falconry ©
Killarney Falconry
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

2
nights
Gort

Gort ©
Gort is a town in south County Galway, in the west of Ireland. Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb has been added to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gort trip planner .

You can drive from Killarney to Gort in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Westport.

Things to do in Gort

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Burren National Park, Carran Medieval Church, Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

5
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Inishbofin Island. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Roundstone Music & Crafts (in Roundstone), Sky Rd (in Clifden) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Killadoon Standing Stone, get outside with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and snap pictures at Fairy Bridges.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Westport journey planner.

Traveling by car from Gort to Westport takes 1.5 hours. In August in Westport, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Keem Bay, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Inishbofin Island, Michael Davitt Museum
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Keem Bay
Keem Bay

2
nights
Donegal Town

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Donegal Town road trip planner.

Drive from Westport to Donegal Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Westport in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Donegal Town, with lows of 15°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Dunfanaghy.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Historic Sites
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Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Lough Eske ©
Lough Eske

3
nights
Dunfanaghy

Dunfanaghy
Dunfanaghy is a small town, former fishing port, and commercial centre in County Donegal, Ireland. To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dunfanaghy vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Donegal Town to Dunfanaghy takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Dunfanaghy can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Dunfanaghy

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
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