27 days in Ireland Itinerary

27 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Fly
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Dublin
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Bus
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Waterford
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kinsale
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Westport
— 2 nights
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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: stop by Temple Bar, admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, make a trip to Merrion Square, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin online attractions planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Dublin is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Lahore in December, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Kilkenny.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 17:

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: Royal Oak Distillery (in Carlow) and White Gypsy Brewery (in Templemore). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kilkenny Castle, view the masterpieces at Valerie Walshe Contemporary, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Waterford.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Waterford — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Waterford: Ring of Hook (in New Ross), Loftus Hall (in Hook Head) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). There's lots more to do: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, kick back and relax at Curracloe Beach, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and step aboard Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Waterford online road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Waterford in 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 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kinsale.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Kinsale — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kinsale: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra), Cobh (President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, Titanic Experience Cobh, &more) and Fota Wildlife Park (in Carrigtwohill). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Patrick, explore the galleries of The Boathouse Gallery, and stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kinsale day trip planner.

Getting from Waterford to Kinsale by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Kinsale sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Liscannor.
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Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trips
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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 28th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Donogh O'Loghlin, experience rural life at The Farmyard, then walk around Burren National Park, and finally make a trip to Poulnabrone Dolmen.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor trip planner.

Getting from Kinsale to Liscannor by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Galway — 4 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: Cong (Ashford Castle & Royal Abbey of Cong), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Ennis Friary (in Ennis). Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. Next up on the itinerary: experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian, explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, and gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Galway day trip planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Liscannor in December, plan for little chillier days in Galway, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Westport.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Westport — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 3rd (Tue), browse the different shops at Mcloughlins Bookshop, stroll through The Great Western Greenway, then stop by Westport Cruises, and finally steep yourself in history at Westport House. On the next day, explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, then see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, and then experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Westport tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Westport are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

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.
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