45 days in Ireland Itinerary

45 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Little Rock
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Kenmare
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Ennis
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Cong
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
10
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Achill Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Ballina
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
13
Donegal Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
14
Ardara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
15
Letterkenny
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h
End: Little Rock

3
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, thentake a stroll through Temple Bar, and finally appreciate the history behind James Joyce Statue. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, thenstroll around St Stephens Green, and finally make a trip to The Spire.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin holiday planner.

Little Rock, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Little Rock in March, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 48°F and 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rock of Cashel (in Cashel), Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (in Waterford) and Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilkenny Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. March in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Rock of Cashel, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Hook Lighthouse
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
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Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum

3
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 27th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, thensample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, thenkick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Fachtna's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: stop by Kinsale Crystal, stroll through Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, and then identify plant and animal life at Birds of Prey Educational Centre.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kinsale online trip maker.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Kinsale in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Inchydoney Beach, St. Fachtna's Cathedral, Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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Birds of Prey Educational Centre ©
Birds of Prey Educational Centre
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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nights
Kenmare

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kenmare side-trips: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra) and Garinish Island (in Glengarriff). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Ring of Kerry, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, stroll around Gleninchaquin Park, and stroll the grounds of Templenoe Burial.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kenmare road trip planning website.

Getting from Kinsale to Kenmare by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Kenmare can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kenmare

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Garinish Island, Ring of Kerry
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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Gleninchaquin Park ©
Gleninchaquin Park
Gougane Barra National Forest Park ©
Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Ring of Kerry ©
Ring of Kerry

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nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall and then explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Muckross House, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, thentake in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Killarney trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Killarney takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dingle is known for historic sites, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Dingle Peninsula, take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, and head off the coast to Skellig Michael.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle online road trip planner.

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. April in Dingle sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Inch Beach
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Eask Tower ©
Eask Tower

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): walk around Eyre Square, thenget outside with Wild Atlantic Way, thenmake a trip to Quay Street, and finally look for gifts at Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around South Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, thenget to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and finally get in on the family fun at Galway City Karting.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Galway travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Dingle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Galway, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

3
nights
Ennis

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Ballyvaughan (Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre) and Saint Mary's Cathedral (in Limerick). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian, look for gifts at Chapel Lane Market, and admire the landmark architecture of Ennis Friary.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ennis trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Galway to Ennis takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cong.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Cliffs of Moher, Saint Mary's Cathedral, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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nights
Cong

Cong ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, thendon't miss a visit to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and finally stop by The Quiet Cailin Studios. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Quiet Man Museum, identify plant and animal life at The Cong Heritage Trail, thenrelax in the rural setting at Joyce Country Sheepdogs, and finally steep yourself in history at Glengowla Mines.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cong trip planner.

Drive from Ennis to Cong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Glengowla Mines, Joyce Country Sheepdogs
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Joyce Country Sheepdogs ©
Joyce Country Sheepdogs
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
The Quiet Cailin Studios ©
The Quiet Cailin Studios

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nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
When in Westport, make a side trip to see Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden in Kylemore, approximately Kylemore away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Westport House, have fun at The Wild West Indoor Play Village, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport journey tool.

Getting from Cong to Westport by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Westport are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

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nights
Achill Island

Achill Island
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Deserted Village, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, and then explore the activities along Keem Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Dugort Beach, stroll through Keel Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sli Grainne Mhaol.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Achill Island journey planning tool.

Drive from Westport to Achill Island in an hour. April in Achill Island sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 38°F at night. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mulranny Strand
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village
Mulranny Strand ©
Mulranny Strand

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nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ballina: Strandhill Beach (in Strandhill), Sligo (Knocknarea & Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery) and Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, get all the information you need at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, don't miss a visit to Moyne Abbey, and contemplate the long history of Rosserk Friary.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ballina trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Achill Island to Ballina. April in Ballina sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Ballina

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sligo, Foxford, Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Downpatrick Head, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre ©
Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head

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Donegal Town

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
On the 26th (Mon), make a splash at Bundoran Waterworld, pause for some photo ops at Rory Gallagher Statue, thensee the interesting displays at Ballyshannon and District Museum, thenexplore the historical opulence of Donegal Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Lough Eske. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey), tee off at Donegal Golf Club, and then make a trip to Mullaghmore Coast.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Donegal Town trip planner.

You can drive from Ballina to Donegal Town in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ballina in April since evenings lows in Donegal Town dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ardara.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Ballyshannon, Mullaghmore Coast, Bundoran Waterworld
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Mullaghmore Coast ©
Mullaghmore Coast
Bundoran Waterworld ©
Bundoran Waterworld

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Ardara

Ardara ©
Ardara, pronounced "Ardra", is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. Get out of town with these interesting Ardara side-trips: Silver Strand Beach (in Malin Beg), Slieve League (in Carrick) and Glencolmcille Folk Village (in Glencolmcille). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Maghera Beach and Caves, stop by Campbells of Ardara, get to know the fascinating history of Glengesh Pass, and admire the sheer force of Assaranca Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Ardara online trip itinerary builder.

Ardara is just a short distance from Donegal Town. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Ardara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Silver Strand Beach, Slieve League, Glencolmcille Folk Village
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Glencolmcille Folk Village ©
Glencolmcille Folk Village
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach

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Letterkenny

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.
Letterkenny is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Doagh Famine village, stroll through Mount Errigal, explore the historical opulence of Glenveagh Castle, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tropical World.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Letterkenny trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Ardara to Letterkenny by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Doagh Famine village, Poison Glen
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle
Doagh Famine village ©
Doagh Famine village
Mount Errigal ©
Mount Errigal

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