31 days in Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Ireland Itinerary

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31 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  27​h
1
Dublin
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carrick-on-Shannon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sligo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
6
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cork
— 3 nights
9
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Brisbane

5
nights
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.
Visit Bru na Boinne and Trim Castle for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilmainham Gaol and Glendalough Monastic Settlement. Step out of Dublin to go to Malahide and see Malahide Castle, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Grafton Street, stroll through St. Stephen's Green, stop by Cleo Knitwear, and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Dublin is minus 10 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in April: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Carrick-on-Shannon.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Malahide Castle, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne, Glendalough Cathedral
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 23:
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Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

3
nights
Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon ©
Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland. Get some historical perspective at Rathcroghan Royal Site and Elphin Windmill. Get a sense of the local culture at St Mel's Cathedral and Multyfarnham Friary. Venture out of the city with trips to Liptons Clones (in Clones), Bear Essentials/Silver Bear Centre (in Bawnboy) and Town and Country Interiors Athleague (in Athleague). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Leitrim Design House and contemplate the long history of Creevelea Friary.

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Drive from Dublin to Carrick-on-Shannon in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Carrick-on-Shannon can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Carrick-on-Shannon

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Liptons Clones, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, Bear Essentials/Silver Bear Centre, Elphin Windmill, St Mel's Cathedral
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:
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Bear Essentials/Silver Bear Centre ©
Elphin Windmill ©
Elphin Windmill

3
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Strandhill People's Market and Eddie Doherty Tweed. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery and Donegal Designer Makers. Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to Kennedy of Ardara (in Ardara) and Donegal Town (Magee Clothing & Donegal Castle). There's lots more to do: explore the wide array of goods at Mullaney Brothers, look for gifts at Michael Quirke - Wood Carver, view the masterpieces at Hazelwood House, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Rathcormac Artisan Food and Craft Market.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sligo vacation maker app .

You can drive from Carrick-on-Shannon to Sligo in an hour. April in Sligo sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Sligo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ardara, Donegal Town
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:
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Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery ©
Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Hazelwood House ©
Hazelwood House

2
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): look for gifts at Clifden Bookshop, stop by Connemara Blue, then make a trip to Sky Rd, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Hehirs Of Clifden. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Roundstone Music & Crafts, take in the exciting artwork at Roundstone Ceramics, look for gifts at Lowry's Sweater & Gift Shop, stop by Cottage Handcrafts, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally look for gifts at O`Dalaigh Jewellers.

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

You can drive from Sligo to Clifden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roundstone, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Cottage Handcrafts
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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Cottage Handcrafts ©
Cottage Handcrafts
Roundstone Ceramics ©
Roundstone Ceramics

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like McKernan Woollen Mills and Burren Perfumery. Get some historical perspective at Salthill Promenade and King John's Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Irish Seed Savers (in Scarriff), Standun Spiddal (in Spiddal) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, look for gifts at Chapel Lane Market, and don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Galway using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ennis, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Burren Perfumery, McKernan Woollen Mills, Irish Seed Savers
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Do your shopping at John Weldon Jewellers and The Carol Cronin Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gallarus Oratory and Great Blasket Island. There's much more to do: stop by Kathleen McAuliffe, pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, explore the wide array of goods at Strand House Cafe, and explore the historical opulence of Rahinnane Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Dingle, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ventry, Great Blasket Island
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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John Weldon Jewellers ©
John Weldon Jewellers
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Issie's Handmade Chocolate or Sarah Walker Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Kenmare (Hallisseys, Kenmare Soap Shop, & more), Allihies Copper Mine Trail (in Allihies) and Uragh Stone Circle (in Tuosist). There's still lots to do: stop by Kerry Woollen Mills, make a trip to Ladies' View, get to know the fascinating history of Ross Island, and step into the grandiose world of Carriganass Castle.

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

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kenmare, Castletownbere, Allihies Copper Mine Trail, Uragh Stone Circle, Carriganass Castle
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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Kenmare Soap Shop ©
Kenmare Soap Shop
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to The English Market or Blarney Woollen Mills. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Charles Fort and Cork City Gaol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Kinsale (Aunty Nellie's Sweet Shop Kinsale, Kinsale Silver, & more) and Cobh Cathedral (in Cobh). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, stop by The Fair Alternative, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Church Cemetery, and meet the residents at Fota Wildlife Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cork itinerary app .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Cork sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kinsale, Cobh, Blarney, Fota Wildlife Park
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at New Ross Books, stop by Cushendale Woollen Mills, then stop by Glasrai Goodies, then contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, and finally stop by Kilkenny Handwrought Silver. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Shankill Castle, stop by Jerpoint Glass Studio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

New Ross Books, Glasrai Goodies
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Black Abbey ©
Black Abbey

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