38 days in Ireland Itinerary

38 days in Ireland Itinerary

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38 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
1
Dublin
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Wexford
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 6 nights
5
Galway
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Louisburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kilcar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Buncrana
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Dublin

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kilmainham Gaol and Temple Bar. Take a break from the city and head to Seapoint Beach and Dollymount Strand. There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dublin Zoo, explore the historical opulence of Dublin Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Dublin. In April in Dublin, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Wexford.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Portmarnock Beach
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

3
nights
Wexford

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Kilkenny Castle and Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Curracloe Beach and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wexford: Waterford (Reginald's Tower & Kilmurrin Cove) and Curracloe Beach (in Enniscorthy). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ballinoulart Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Aidan's Cathedral, and stroll through Baginbun Beach.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Wexford online travel planner .

You can drive from Dublin to Wexford in 2 hours. Traveling from Dublin in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Wexford. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Waterford, Curracloe Beach, Kilkenny Castle
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve ©
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
We've included these beaches for you: Kilkee Beach and Bridges of Ross. Get outdoors at Killarney National Park and Scattery Island. Step out of Killarney to go to Kilkee and see Kilkee Blue Flag Beach, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, steep yourself in history at Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, and experience rural life at Kennedy's Pet Farm.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Killarney route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Wexford to Killarney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kilkee, Scattery Island
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Kilkee Beach ©
Kilkee Beach

6
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Inch Beach and Coumeenoole Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Ventry Beach and The Dingle Way. Venture out of the city with trips to Castlegregory (Glanteenassig Wood & Castlegregory Golf Links). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Glentenassig Forest, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Dingle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Dingle are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Castlegregory, Dingle Peninsula, Ventry, Inch Beach
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
The Dingle Way ©
The Dingle Way

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cliffs of Moher and Fanore Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lahinch Beach and Doughmore Bay. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Hag's Head (in Liscannor), White Strand Beach (in Miltown Malbay) and Corofin (Burren National Park & Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre). On the 9th (Wed), spend a cool day on the water with Charter Ireland. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches and grab your bike and head to South Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galway trip builder tool .

Getting from Dingle to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Achill Island.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Liscannor, Corofin, White Strand Beach, Doughmore Bay, Fanore Beach
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach

2
nights
Achill Island

Achill Island ©
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): go for a walk through Sli Grainne Mhaol and then stroll through Lavelle's Golden Strand Caravan & Camping Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Keel Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Achill Island trip builder app .

You can drive from Galway to Achill Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Achill Island can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Louisburgh.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Keem Bay ©
Keem Bay
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village

3
nights
Louisburgh

Louisburgh ©
Louisburgh is a small town on the southwest corner of Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. Take a break from the city and head to Cross Beach Loop Walk and Silver Strand. We've included these beaches for you: Mulranny Strand and Dog's Bay Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisburgh: Newport Railway Viaduct (in Newport) and Rockfleet Castle (in Westport). There's more to do: head off the coast to Clare Island and stop by Derryaun Crafts.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Louisburgh itinerary site .

You can drive from Achill Island to Louisburgh in 1.5 hours. In May in Louisburgh, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kilcar.

Things to do in Louisburgh

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dog's Bay Beach, Derryaun Crafts, Mulranny Strand, Clare Island, Newport Railway Viaduct
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
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Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Clare Island ©
Clare Island

3
nights
Kilcar

Kilcar ©
Cill Charthaigh is a Gaeltacht village on the R263 regional road in the south west of County Donegal, Ireland. Relax by the water at Carrowmore Beach and Muckross Head Peninsula. Visiting Silver Strand Beach and Narin Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Kilcar to go to Ardara and see Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery, which is approximately 42 minutes away.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kilcar holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Louisburgh to Kilcar takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Louisburgh in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kilcar, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Kilcar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Silver Strand Beach, Carrowmore Beach, Narin Beach, Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Muckross Head Peninsula ©
Muckross Head Peninsula
Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery ©
Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery

5
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Five Fingers Strand and Culdaff Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Marble Hill Strand and Porthaw Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Portsalon Beach (in Portsalon) and Back Strand Beach (in Falcarragh). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Dunree Bay, head outdoors with Mamore Gap, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lisfannon Strand, and enjoy some diversion at Wains World.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buncrana road trip planning app .

Getting from Kilcar to Buncrana by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buncrana

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portsalon Beach, Five Fingers Strand, Marble Hill Strand, Mamore Gap, Back Strand Beach
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
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Five Fingers Strand ©
Five Fingers Strand
Portsalon Beach ©
Portsalon Beach
Marble Hill Strand ©
Marble Hill Strand

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