37 days in Ireland Itinerary

37 days in Ireland Itinerary

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37 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cork
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sligo
— 5 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Beer Tastings & Tours and Glendalough Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village), Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, admire the natural beauty at National Botanic Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Dublin to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Castletown Motte, Christ Church, Bru na Boinne, Howth Head
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Room Escape Games
Teeling Whiskey Distillery ©
Teeling Whiskey Distillery

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waterford Greenway and Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Waterford (Reginald's Tower, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, & more), The Metal Man (in Tramore) and Wells House & Gardens (in Gorey). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, enjoy the sea views from Hook Lighthouse, delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, and stroll around Irish National Heritage Park.

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Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Waterford, Irish National Heritage Park, Wells House & Gardens, Rock of Dunamase, The Metal Man
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
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Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ©
Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spike Island and Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty), Kinsale (Old Head Golf Links & Charles Fort) and Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ballycotton Cliff Walk, admire the striking features of Swiss Cottage, and walk around Fitzgerald Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cork travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Cork sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cobh, Kinsale, Inchydoney Beach, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Drombeg Stone Circle
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
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Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach

5
nights
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ladies' View and Killarney Falconry. Venture out of the city with trips to Garinish Island (in Glengarriff), Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm & Gleninchaquin Park) and Bantry (St. Brendan's Church & Bantry House & Garden). There's much more to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Killarney trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Bantry, Garinish Island, Ring of Kerry, Kerry Cliffs
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Climbing Tours
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Killarney Falconry ©
Killarney Falconry

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Slea Head Drive and Conor Pass. Go for a jaunt from Dingle to Castlegregory to see Caherconree Fort about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, head off the coast to Skellig Michael, and enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dingle itinerary app .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Caherconree Fort, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Wine Strand Beach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wild Atlantic Way and Burren Birds of Prey Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Doolin Cave (in Doolin), Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell) and Limerick (Hunt Museum & King John's Castle). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Galway using our 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 a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dingle in December; daily highs in Galway reach 8°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Limerick, Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Tyrone House, Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Bay ©
Galway Bay

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 Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and Sky Rd. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Church of the Seven Daughters (in Renvyle), Keem Bay (in Achill Island) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, see the interesting displays at Kiltartan Hedge School, don't miss a visit to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and take in the awesome beauty at Croagh Patrick.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Westport trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Westport, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cong, Keem Bay, Sky Rd, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Slieve League and Glenveagh National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sligo: Glenveagh Castle (in Letterkenny), Donegal Castle (in Donegal Town) and Arigna Mining Experience (in Roscommon). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea, stop by The Cat and Moon, steep yourself in history at Carrickglass (Labby-Rock), and make a trip to Rosses Point.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sligo trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Westport to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Westport in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sligo, with lows around 7°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

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

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