22 days in Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive
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Westport
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dublin
— 7 nights
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Kilkenny — 3 nights

Marble City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Royal Oak Distillery (in Carlow). And it doesn't end there: walk around Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, and stop by Smithwick's Retail Store.

Plan my day in Kilkenny using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Doha, Qatar to Kilkenny is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in December, expect nights in Kilkenny to be a bit cooler, around 6°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Waterford.
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Waterford — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey, step aboard Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, then walk around Irish National Heritage Park, and finally don't miss a visit to The Clock Tower. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, contemplate the long history of Bishop's Palace, then appreciate the history behind Thomas Francis Meagher statue, then get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, and finally examine the collection at King of the Vikings.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Waterford road trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Waterford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Kinsale.
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Kinsale — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre. Keep things going the next day: walk around President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turkish Delights, and finally pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Monument.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale road trip planner.

You can drive from Waterford to Kinsale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kinsale are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Liscannor.
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Liscannor — 2 nights

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 18th (Sun), kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): experience rural life at The Farmyard, then explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, and then contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Liscannor trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Liscannor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Liscannor are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galway.
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Galway — 3 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Ennis Friary (in Ennis), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry & Ashford Castle). Next up on the itinerary: catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, explore the activities along Galway Bay, and Head underground at Aillwee Cave.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Galway trip app.

You can drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Liscannor in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Galway, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Westport.
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Westport — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): browse the different shops at Mcloughlins Bookshop, then grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, then tour the water at your own pace with Westport Cruises, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Westport House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm, and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Westport holiday website.

Getting from Galway to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin — 7 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Temple Bar, browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

Getting from Westport to Dublin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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.
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