21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland Trip Planner
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Dublin
— 1 day
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Cork
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Limerick
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Dublin — 1 day

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): walk around Phoenix Park and then explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dublin tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 46°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cork.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Cork — 3 nights

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've now added University College Cork (UCC) to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cobh Cathedral and Charles Fort. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cork City Gaol and Titanic Experience Cobh. Explore Cork's surroundings by going to Kinsale (Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre & Stone Mad Gallery), Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty) and Ballynamona Beach (in Midleton). There's more to do: stroll through Fota Wildlife Park.

Before you visit Cork, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Cork takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Killarney — 3 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Banna Strand and Garinish Island. Get some cultural insight at Kerry County Museum and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra) and Original Kerry Craft Centre (in Castlegregory). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Muckross House and shop like a local with The Back Lane Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Killarney, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Limerick.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Limerick — 2 nights

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren. On the next day, play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle and then appreciate the views at Glen of Aherlow.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Limerick trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Limerick takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Galway.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Golf
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Galway — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galway City Museum and Galway Arts Centre. Visiting Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Galway Golf Club will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Coole Park Nature Reserve (in Gort) and Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge. (in Lisdoonvarna). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, walk around Eyre Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, and enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Limerick to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Limerick in January: highs in Galway hover around 43°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Westport.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:

Westport — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Jackie Clarke Collection, admire all the interesting features of Belleek Castle Museum, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre and then relax in the rural setting at The Farmyard.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Westport vacation tool.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Westport, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Dublin.
Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Dublin — 4 nights

Museum-lovers will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Popular historic sites such as Wicklow Mountains National Park and Dublin Castle are in your itinerary. Explore Dublin further: stroll around St Stephens Green, admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Dublin road trip planning site.

Drive from Westport to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.