21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland Itinerary

Buffalo
Fly + bus:  19​h
Dingle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Cork
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Westport
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly + train + bus:  15​h 30​min
Buffalo

4
days
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll explore and learn at The Great Blasket Centre and Island and Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. Relax by the water at Inch Beach and Coumeenoole Beach. Go for a jaunt from Dingle to Killarney to see Killarney National Park about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by NU goldsmith, and get answers to all your questions at Brian de Staic Jeweller.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle travel itinerary creator.

Buffalo, USA to Dingle is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to Dingle is 5 hours. Traveling from Buffalo in August, things will get little chillier in Dingle: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Inch Beach, Killarney National Park
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

1
day
Cork

Cork ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and then stop by Blarney Woollen Mills.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cork itinerary maker.

Drive from Dingle to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Cork, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Blarney
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Blarney Woollen Mills ©
Blarney Woollen Mills

1
day
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Lahinch Beach, then look for gifts at The Celtic T Shirt Shop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Liscannor trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cork to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lahinch
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
The Celtic T Shirt Shop ©
The Celtic T Shirt Shop

3
days
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.
Visiting Connemara National Park and Hillwalk Tours will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Salthill Promenade and Galway Arts Centre. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Salthill Beaches and don't miss a visit to Eyre Square.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip generator.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Galway are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Connemara National Park ©
Connemara National Park
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Galway Arts Centre
Galway Arts Centre

3
days
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Get outdoors at Keem Bay and The Great Western Greenway. Do some cultural sightseeing at Michael Davitt Museum and Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Keel Beach in Achill Island (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, appreciate the history behind National Famine Monument, and stop by Parade.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Galway in September, expect nights in Westport to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Achill Island, Foxford, Parade, National Famine Monument
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Keem Bay ©
Keem Bay
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

3
days
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hook Lighthouse and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilkenny Castle and Rothe House and Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition and tour the pleasant surroundings at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Westport to Kilkenny in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Westport in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kilkenny: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Ferns Castle, Hook Lighthouse, Curracloe Beach
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Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

4
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. Visit Trinity College Dublin and General Post Office (GPO) for their historical value. The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, examine the collection at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, and explore the galleries of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Dublin, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Breweries
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle
Chester Beatty Library ©
Chester Beatty Library

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