31 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Waterford, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Clifden, Ireland
— 1 night
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Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Donegal Town, Ireland
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on BargeTrip, then don't miss a visit to Victor's Way, and then walk around St. Anne's Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): walk around Phoenix Park, take an in-depth tour of Irish Famine Exhibition, then admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Audoen's Church.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Dublin Airport. In July in Dublin, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kilkenny travel route planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kilkenny when traveling from Dublin in July, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Waterford.
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Waterford, Ireland — 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience and Coumshingaun Lough. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waterford: Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center (in New Ross) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at John F. Kennedy Arboretum, take a memorable drive along Comeragh Drive, get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, and examine the collection at King of the Vikings.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waterford trip builder site.

Take a bus from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spike Island and Terranova Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Bruff (Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, Old Irish Ways, &more) and Cobh (Titanic Experience Cobh & St Colman’s Cathedral). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, contemplate the long history of Camden Fort Meagher, identify plant and animal life at Fota Wildlife Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cork online trip builder.

Drive from Waterford to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Cork are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 3 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Ewe Experience and Killarney Races. Go for a jaunt from Killarney to Kenmare to see Reenagross Park about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Torc Mountain Walk, identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, browse the exhibits of Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 4 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dingle Oceanworld and Dingle Marina Dive Centre. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Riasc, take an in-depth tour of Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, take a peaceful walk through Glenteenassig Forest Park, and make a trip to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Baysports and Climbing Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Athlone (Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum & Room Escape Games). There's much more to do: gain insight at National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and admire the natural beauty at Brigit's Garden & Cafe.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Clifden.
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Clifden, Ireland — 1 night

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannin Bay Blueway, enjoy the sand and surf at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Connemara Safaris.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Clifden visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Galway to Clifden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sligo.
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Sligo, Ireland — 2 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 17th (Thu), kick back and relax at Dunmoran Strand, see majestic marine mammals with Sligo Boat Charters, then stroll through Rosses Point Loop Walk, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Hazelwood. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Dooney Rock Forest Park, get a new perspective on things with Adventure Gently, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Flying.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sligo road trip planner.

Drive from Clifden to Sligo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Sligo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Donegal Town.
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Donegal Town, Ireland — 2 nights

Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ireland, stop by Triona, then make a trip to Barnesmore Gap, then make a trip to Lough Eske, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Solis. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Rossnowlagh Beach, visit Bundoran Beach, then cool off at Bundoran Waterworld, and finally take in the views from Fairy Bridges.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Donegal Town trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Donegal Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Donegal Town sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Derry.
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Derry, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Maiden City

Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
On the 21st (Mon), walk around Roe Valley Country Park, make a splash at The Edge Watersports, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, and finally appreciate the history behind Bloody Sunday Memorial. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Republican Murals: Girl In School Uniform, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columb's Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Derry trip website.

You can drive from Donegal Town to Derry in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 2 nights

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for gifts at Carrolls Irish Gift, then see the interesting displays at Irish FA Tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Malachy's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Samson & Goliath cranes, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Black Mountain.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Belfast travel planner.

Traveling by car from Derry to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Belfast sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 nights

Fair City

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience and National Botanic Gardens. Explore Dublin further: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, stroll around St Stephens Green, and pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip maker website.

You can drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time 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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