38 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland holiday planner
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Dublin
— 6 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Limerick
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cobh
— 4 nights
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Waterford
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny
— 5 nights
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Dublin — 6 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: take a stroll through Temple Bar, walk around St Stephens Green, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and steep yourself in history at Dublin Castle.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Dublin: highs are around 10°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) 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 11th (Sun): grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, then contemplate the long history of Westport House, and then relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, then sample the fine beverages at Loch Measc Distillery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport itinerary planner.

Drive from Dublin to Westport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Galway.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan), Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard) and Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry, The Quiet Man Museum, &more). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, make a trip to Eyre Square, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Amber.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway route planning site.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Galway sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time 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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, and then stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at The Farmyard, then explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, and then make a trip to Poulnabrone Dolmen.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Liscannor online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Liscannor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. December in Liscannor sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Limerick.
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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 19th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and then stroll through Castlefergus Equestrian. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ennis Friary, then sample some tasty brews at Ollie's Tours - Doolin, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Quin Abbey.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Limerick trip tool.

You can drive from Liscannor to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Limerick, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 4 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, sample the fine beverages at Dingle Distillery, step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach.

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Traveling by car from Limerick to Dingle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Dingle are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Kenmare (Lorge Chocolatier & Norman McCloskey Photography), Kinsale (Charles Fort, Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, &more) and Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. The adventure continues: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Killarney, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cobh.
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Cobh — 4 nights

Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Cobh is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Fota Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, stroll around President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, and step into the grandiose world of Barryscourt Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cobh travel route planning site.

Getting from Killarney to Cobh by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Cobh sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Waterford.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waterford: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Ring of Hook (in New Ross). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, contemplate the long history of Loftus Hall, examine the collection at King of the Vikings, and don't miss a visit to The Clock Tower.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Waterford trip planning site.

Drive from Cobh to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Waterford are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Royal Oak Distillery (in Carlow) and Seal Rescue Ireland (in Courtown). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry, and pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny day trip planner.

Getting from Waterford to Kilkenny by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. You will leave for home on the 9th (Mon).
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
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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