60 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 8 nights
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Sligo
— 5 nights
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Westport
— 4 nights
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Galway
— 6 nights
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Liscannor
— 2 nights
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Limerick
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny
— 6 nights
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Waterford
— 5 nights
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Cobh
— 5 nights
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Killarney
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Dingle
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Dublin — 8 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.
Get in touch with nature at Portmarnock Beach and Killiney Hill. Your inner history buff will appreciate Drimnagh Castle and Howth Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: BargeTrip (in Sallins), Wallaby Woods Donadea (in Kildare) and Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (in Dalkey). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bray Head, explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and enjoy the sand and surf at Malahide Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dublin day trip website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Dublin. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Dublin at 10°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sligo.
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Sligo — 5 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Do your shopping at Strandhill People's Market and Hazelwood House. Explore hidden gems such as Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney and Tobernalt Holy Well. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sligo: Rossnowlagh Beach (in Rossnowlagh) and Spas (in Bundoran). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at Mountshannon Eagles, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunmoran Strand, and don't miss a visit to Creevykeel Court Tomb.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sligo online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Sligo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sligo are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Westport.
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Westport — 4 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Jackie Clarke Collection and The Quay Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Belleek Castle Museum and St Patrick's Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Achill Island Alpacas (in Dugort) and Spas (in Achill Island). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud, and get outside with Adventure West.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Westport journey planning website.

Getting from Sligo to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Westport when traveling from Sligo in December, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galway.
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Galway — 6 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.
Head to Charlie Byrne's Bookshop and Farmlane Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Royal Abbey of Cong and Ross Errily Friary. Step out of Galway to go to Cong and see The Quiet Man Museum, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, get curious at James Mitchell Geology Museum, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Galway trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Galway are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Liscannor.
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Liscannor — 2 nights

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 26th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at Lahinch Yoga Studio and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Guerin's Path, then contemplate the long history of O'Brien's Tower, and then look for gifts at The Woollen Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Liscannor tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. December in Liscannor sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Limerick.
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Limerick — 5 nights

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. John's Cathedral and Thomas Fitzgerald Center. Popular historic sites such as Redemptorist Church and Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Limerick: Animal Magic (in Kilmallock) and Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail Museum (in Tarbert). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Revas Spa, buy something for everyone on your list at The Crescent Shopping Centre, join in the after-dark buzz at Flannerys, and get engrossed in the history at Limerick Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Limerick road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Cashel Folk Village and Cashel Heritage Centre and Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Seal Rescue Ireland and Danvill House Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Carlow (Royal Oak Distillery & Carlow County Museum), Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, Inspirational Gardens & Rachel's Café (in Leighlinbridge) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Heywood Gardens, view the masterpieces at National Design & Craft Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, and make a trip to Seat of the Kings of South Leinster Sculpture.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Limerick to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Waterford.
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Waterford — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mayfield Birds of Prey and Christ Church Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Mount Melleray Abbey and Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to New Ross (Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center & Ring of Hook), Sólás Na Mara (in Ring) and Bevel Furniture (in Fethard On Sea). The adventure continues: cruise along Comeragh Drive, play a few rounds at Tramore Golf Club, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the historical opulence of Ballyhack Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Waterford itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cobh.
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Cobh — 5 nights

Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Declan's Well and Oratory and Fota House & Gardens. Shop till you drop at Ballymaloe Grainstore and Turkish Delights. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cobh: Ardmore (Ballyquin Beach & Brigid Shelly Gallery). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Will and Away, pause for some photo ops at Choctaw Native American Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Titanic Memorial Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cobh trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Waterford to Cobh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 6 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Peter Cox Photography Gallery and The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Gougane Barra Church and Muckross Abbey will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Kerry County Museum (in Tralee) and Bantry Bay Charters (in Glengarriff). The adventure continues: hike along The Kerry Way, stroll through Torc Mountain Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Carrantoohil, and tee off at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney road trip site.

You can drive from Cobh to Killarney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Killarney, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 7 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Escape the urban bustle at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials and Ventry Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows and Minard Castle. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cashel Murphy, get to know the fascinating history of Greenlane Gallery, examine the collection at Blasket Besucherzentrum, and get engrossed in the history at Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary planning site.

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. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly 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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