21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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21 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + Bus:  6 h
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cork
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Brussels

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hook Lighthouse and Hore Abbey. Visit Cahir Castle and Loftus Hall for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kilkenny trip maker site.

Brussels, Belgium to Kilkenny is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. September in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ferns Castle, Loftus Hall, Irish National Heritage Park, Cahir Castle, Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spike Island and Ballycotton Cliff Walk. Get some cultural insight at Charles Fort and St Fin Barre's Cathedral. When in Cork, make a side trip to see Inchydoney Beach in Clonakilty, approximately Clonakilty away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh, hunt for treasures at The English Market, and stop by Blarney Woollen Mills.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cork online trip planner.

Getting from Kilkenny to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Titanic Experience Cobh, Inchydoney Beach, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Slea Head Drive and Gallarus Oratory. Get a sense of the local culture at Muckross Abbey and St.James Church. Step out of Dingle with an excursion to Ladies' View in Killarney--about 1h 25 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 23rd (Wed) at Skellig Michael. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, and kick back and relax at Inch Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cork to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Inch Beach, Skellig Michael
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle, then explore the world behind art at Hunt Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Limerick road trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Limerick, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Dromoland Castle
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
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King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

4
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 Wild Atlantic Way and Doolin Cave. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Salthill Promenade and Poulnabrone Dolmen. Step out of Galway to go to Ballyvaughan and see Burren Birds of Prey Centre, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 28th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of The Burren.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Galway trip planner.

Getting from Limerick to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Galway are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

County Clare, Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Doolin Cave
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
For shopping fun, head to Cottage Handcrafts or Parade. Take a break from the city and head to Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and Croagh Patrick. Take a break from Westport with a short trip to Sky Rd in Clifden, about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway and take in the exciting artwork at The Quay Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Westport day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Westport, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Croagh Patrick, Parade, Sky Rd, Cottage Handcrafts
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Croagh Patrick ©
Croagh Patrick

4
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.
Visiting Wicklow Mountains National Park and Cliff Walk Car Park Bray will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Malahide Castle and Trim Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Clonmacnoise (in County Offaly). The adventure continues: see where the action happens at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dublin online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Dublin are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Trim Castle, Clonmacnoise, Cliff Walk Car Park Bray
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle
Clonmacnoise ©
Clonmacnoise

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