21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Westport
— 1 night
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Doolin
— 3 nights
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Kinsale
— 2 nights
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Waterford
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny
— 3 nights
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Dublin
— 5 nights

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Westport — 1 night

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, then appreciate the history behind St. Patrick Statue, then grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, and finally don't miss a visit to Deserted Village. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, then stroll through Westport House, and then relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport trip planning tool.

Dublin to Westport is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Galway.
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Galway — 4 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Cong (Ireland's School of Falconry & Ashford Castle). Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's much more to do: learn insider's secrets on Micil Distillery, cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salthill Beaches, and browse the exhibits of Galway City Museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galway itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.
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Doolin — 3 nights

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Change things up with these side-trips from Doolin: Corofin (Burren National Park & The Farmyard), Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cliffs of Moher, Head underground at Doolin Cave, walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Doolin travel route tool.

Getting from Galway to Doolin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.
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Kinsale — 2 nights

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 1st (Mon), look for gifts at Granny's Bottom Drawer, explore the galleries of The Gallery Kinsale, then learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): stroll around President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Annie Moore Statue, and then examine the collection at Titanic Experience Cobh.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kinsale vacation planner.

You can drive from Doolin to Kinsale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waterford.
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Waterford — 2 nights

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
On the 3rd (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Hawkeye School of Falconry, take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings, and finally don't miss a visit to The Clock Tower. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Mayfield Birds of Prey, cruise along Ring of Hook, and then stroll around Irish National Heritage Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Waterford tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Waterford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 3 nights

Marble City

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy), Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe) and Royal Oak Distillery (in Carlow). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, and stroll around Castlecomer Discovery Park.

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

Traveling by bus from Waterford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin — 5 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Temple Bar, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip builder app.

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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