37 days in Ireland Itinerary

37 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dublin
— 4 nights
2
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
3
Cork
— 5 nights
4
Killarney
— 5 nights
5
Dingle
— 4 nights
6
Galway
— 4 nights
7
Westport
— 3 nights
8
Sligo
— 5 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Samuel Beckett Bridge and Christ Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Glendalough Cathedral (in Vale of Glendalough), Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, explore the historical opulence of Castletown Motte, browse the collection at Marsh's Library, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dublin vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Dublin, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Dublin to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vale of Glendalough, Christ Church, Castletown Motte, Howth Head, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Samuel Beckett Bridge ©
Samuel Beckett Bridge
Carrolls Irish Gifts ©
Carrolls Irish Gifts

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Medieval Mile Museum and Jerpoint Abbey. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Wells House & Gardens (in Gorey), Waterford (Waterford Greenway, Reginald's Tower, &more) and The Metal Man (in Tramore). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, step aboard Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planner.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Waterford, Hore Abbey, Irish National Heritage Park, Wells House & Gardens, The Metal Man
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
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Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fitzgerald Park and Ballycotton Cliff Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Cobh (Annie Moore Monument, Cobh Cathedral, &more), Jameson Distillery Midleton (in Midleton) and Fota Wildlife Park (in Carrigtwohill). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach, take an unorthodox tour of Drombeg Stone Circle, step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cork online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cobh, Kinsale, Drombeg Stone Circle, Swiss Cottage, Inchydoney Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
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Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Fitzgerald Park ©
Fitzgerald Park
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk

5
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore hidden gems such as Killarney Falconry and Kerry Cliffs. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Garinish Island (in Glengarriff), Bantry (St. Brendan's Church & Bantry House & Garden) and Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm & Gleninchaquin Park). There's lots more to do: trek along Torc Mountain Walk, browse the exhibits of The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography, don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Cathedral, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney travel route planning site.

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Killarney, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bantry, Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Garinish Island, Kerry Cliffs
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Killarney Falconry ©
Killarney Falconry
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

4
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Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Skellig Michael and Dingle Distillery. Step out of Dingle with an excursion to Caherconree Fort in Castlegregory--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, stroll through Inch Beach, get outside with Slea Head Drive, and take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dingle journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Dingle are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Caherconree Fort, Wine Strand Beach, Inch Beach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burren Birds of Prey Centre and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Doolin Cave (in Doolin), Limerick (Hunt Museum & King John's Castle) and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Clonmacnoise, explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, get engrossed in the history at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, and stop by Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Galway online day trip 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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dingle in December; daily highs in Galway reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Limerick, Tyrone House, Clonmacnoise, Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Doolin Cave
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara and Ashford Castle. Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore), Sky Rd (in Clifden) and Church of the Seven Daughters (in Renvyle). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, stroll through Croagh Patrick, and grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Westport online holiday planner.

Drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Westport, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cong, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Kiltartan Hedge School, Keem Bay, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara ©
Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara
Keem Bay
Keem Bay

5
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Knocknarea and Glenveagh National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Sligo: Slieve League (in Carrick), Arigna Mining Experience (in Roscommon) and Glenveagh Castle (in Letterkenny). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Glencar Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Carrickglass (Labby-Rock), step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and look for gifts at The Cat and Moon.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sligo vacation maker app.

You can drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Westport in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sligo, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Slieve League, Glenveagh National Park, Donegal Castle, Glencar Waterfall, Arigna Mining Experience
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Glencar Waterfall ©
Glencar Waterfall
Glenveagh National Park ©
Glenveagh National Park

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