29 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 4 nights
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Waterford
— 4 nights
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Cork
— 3 nights
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Bantry
— 4 nights
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Caherdaniel
— 2 nights
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Dingle
— 3 nights
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Clifden
— 4 nights
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Achill Island
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Dublin — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin and Roe & Co Distillery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Loughcrew Cairns and Wholesale Fruit Vegetable And Flower Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Causey Farm (in Navan) and Killiney Hill (in Killiney). There's still lots to do: ride a horse along The Paddocks Riding Centre, examine the collection at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Charleston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Charleston to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charleston in December: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 10°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Waterford.
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Waterford — 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Bishop's Palace and Irish Museum Of Time. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Aidan's Cathedral and Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. Change things up with these side-trips from Waterford: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception (in Wexford) and Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center (in New Ross). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings, admire the natural beauty at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and stop by Hibernian Gifts.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waterford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Waterford takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cork.
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Cork — 3 nights

Rebel City

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.
Let the collections at Nano Nagle Place and The Gallery Kinsale capture your imagination. Camden Fort Meagher and Old Cork Waterworks Experience will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: St Colman’s Cathedral (in Cobh) and Kinsale (Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre & St Multose Church). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stop by Wild Design Cork, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

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Drive from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In December in Cork, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Bantry.
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Bantry — 4 nights

Bantry is a town in the civil parish of Kilmocomoge in the barony of Bantry on the coast of West County Cork, Ireland. For shopping fun, head to Bantry Market or Issie's Handmade Chocolate. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bantry Bay Charters and Dzogchen Beara Daily Meditation Classes. Change things up with these side-trips from Bantry: Rosscarbery (Warren Beach & Owenahincha Beach), Clonakilty Distillery (in Clonakilty) and The Sheeps Head Way (in Kilcrohane). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Glengariff Woods, identify plant and animal life at Glengarriff Nature Reserve, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and make a trip to Kealkill Megalithic Stone Circle and Standing Stones.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bantry tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cork to Bantry in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Caherdaniel.
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Caherdaniel — 2 nights

Caherdaniel is a village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on the Iveragh peninsula on the Ring of Kerry. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): trek along Irish Fairy Trails, then step off the mainland to explore Abbey Island, then learn more about the world around you at Sea Synergy Marine Awareness and Activity Centre, and finally look for gifts at Skellig Gift Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ballinskelligs Beach, step into the grandiose world of McCarthy Mor Tower House - Ballinskellig Castle, then stroll the grounds of Ballinskelligs Abbey, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Waterville Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Caherdaniel trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Bantry to Caherdaniel takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dingle.
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Dingle — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit Minard Castle and St. Mary's Church for their historical value. Let the collections at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows and Greenlane Gallery capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail Museum (in Tarbert), Glanteenassig Wood (in Castlegregory) and St. John's Church (in Tralee). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Riasc, get engrossed in the history at Listowel Military Museum, see the interesting displays at Kerry Writer's Museum, and browse the range of quality goods at Strand House Cafe.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dingle online attractions planner.

Getting from Caherdaniel to Dingle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Clifden.
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Clifden — 4 nights

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Get outdoors at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach and Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin). Step off the beaten path and head to Connemara Seaweed Baths and Mannin Bay Blueway. Get out of town with these interesting Clifden side-trips: Loch Measc Distillery (in Tourmakeady) and Cong (The Cong Heritage Trail & Abbaye de Cong). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Roundstone Ceramics, browse the exhibits of Lavelle Art Gallery, and stop by Connemara Blue.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Clifden online travel route planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Clifden in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Achill Island.
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Achill Island — 2 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Deserted Village and Newport Church are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Keel Beach and Woodland Faerie Trail. Explore Achill Island's surroundings by going to County Mayo Library (in Castlebar) and Rockfleet / Carraigahowley Castle (in Newport). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Ronan Halpin Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Achill Heritage Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Sli Grainne Mhaol, and stop by Alt na Croi Pottery.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Achill Island trip builder tool.

Drive from Clifden to Achill Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Achill Island are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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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