37 days in Ireland Itinerary

37 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Cork
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Dingle
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Sligo
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  29 h
End: Sydney

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marsh's Library and Christ Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Glendalough Cathedral (in Vale of Glendalough), Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gifts, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the historical opulence of Castletown Motte.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Dublin at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vale of Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Bru na Boinne, Christ Church, Castletown Motte
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Marsh's Library ©
Marsh's Library
Carrolls Irish Gifts ©
Carrolls Irish Gifts

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Medieval Mile Museum and Wells House & Gardens. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to The Metal Man (in Tramore), Waterford (Waterford Greenway, Reginald's Tower, &more) and Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Hore Abbey, step aboard Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, view the masterpieces at VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, and walk around Irish National Heritage Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny tour planner.

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Waterford, The Metal Man, Hore Abbey, Cahir Castle, Rock of Dunamase
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
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Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Inchydoney Beach and Blarney Stone. Venture out of the city with trips to Cobh (Annie Moore Monument, Cobh Cathedral, &more), Fota Wildlife Park (in Carrigtwohill) and Jameson Distillery Midleton (in Midleton). There's still lots to do: stroll around Fitzgerald Park, have some family-friendly fun at Airtastic Entertainment Centre Cork, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Fin Barre's Cathedral, and step off the mainland to explore Spike Island.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cork tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cobh, Kinsale, Drombeg Stone Circle, Inchydoney Beach, Fota Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
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Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Fitzgerald Park ©
Fitzgerald Park

5
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Mary's Cathedral and Gleninchaquin Park. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare), Bantry (St. Brendan's Church & Bantry House & Garden) and Garinish Island (in Glengarriff). There's still lots to do: hike along Torc Mountain Walk, steep yourself in history at Ogham Stones, stop by Killarney Falconry, and take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography.

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Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Bantry, Garinish Island, Ring of Kerry, Kerry Cliffs
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Killarney Falconry ©
Killarney Falconry

4
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Conor Pass and Great Blasket Island. Step out of Dingle with an excursion to Caherconree Fort in Castlegregory--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dingle Distillery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, and take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dingle journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 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 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Caherconree Fort, Inch Beach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass
Dingle Distillery ©
Dingle Distillery

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Limerick (Hunt Museum & King John's Castle), Doolin Cave (in Doolin) and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, look for gifts at Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre, and explore the galleries of Galway City Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Galway day trip planning app.

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Galway is slightly colder than Dingle - with highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Limerick, Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Clonmacnoise, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre ©
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore), Sky Rd (in Clifden) and Church of the Seven Daughters (in Renvyle). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Croagh Patrick, examine the collection at Kiltartan Hedge School, head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle.

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

Drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Westport, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cong, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Kiltartan Hedge School, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Keem Bay
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life ©
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Croagh Patrick ©
Croagh Patrick

5
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glenveagh National Park and Benbulben. Change things up with these side-trips from Sligo: Arigna Mining Experience (in Roscommon), Slieve League (in Carrick) and Glenveagh Castle (in Letterkenny). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Rosses Point, contemplate the long history of Carrickglass (Labby-Rock), look for gifts at The Cat and Moon, and step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sligo visit planning website.

You can drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Westport in December since evenings lows in Sligo dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenveagh National Park, Arigna Mining Experience, Slieve League, Glencar Waterfall, Donegal Castle
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Glenveagh National Park ©
Glenveagh National Park
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach

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