16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  17 h 45 min
1
Ardara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Clifden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Castletownbere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Ardara

Ardara ©
Ardara, pronounced "Ardra", is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Slieve League and Silver Strand Beach. Do your shopping at Slieve League Cultural Centre and Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Rossnowlagh Beach (in Rossnowlagh) and Clocha na hEireann (in Glencolmcille). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Narin Beach, identify plant and animal life at Dorlin Strand, and take an in-depth tour of St Connell's Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ardara day trip website .

San Francisco, USA to Ardara is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Ardara at 52°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Ardara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rossnowlagh Beach, Narin Beach, St Connell's Museum, Silver Strand Beach, Slieve League
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach
Rossnowlagh Beach ©
Rossnowlagh Beach

3
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery and Renvyle Beach. Get some cultural insight at Roundstone Ceramics and Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio. Get out of town with these interesting Clifden side-trips: Coral Beach (in Carraroe) and Liscannor (Hag's Head & Cliffs of Moher). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gothic Chapel and tee off at Connemara Championship Golf Links .

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Clifden trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Ardara to Clifden takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Castletownbere.

Things to do in Clifden

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Liscannor, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Roundstone Ceramics, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin), Renvyle Beach
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Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)

2
nights
Castletownbere

Castletownbere ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Mill Cove Gallery, explore the historical opulence of McCarthy Mor Tower House - Ballinskellig Castle, then stroll the grounds of Ballinskelligs Abbey, and finally view the masterpieces at Sarah Walker Gallery. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Uragh Stone Circle, trek along Irish Fairy Trails, then kick back and relax at Derrynane Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Allihies Copper Mine Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Castletownbere trip maker .

Drive from Clifden to Castletownbere in 5.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Castletownbere

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Caherdaniel, Ballinskelligs, Mill Cove Gallery, Uragh Stone Circle, Allihies Copper Mine Trail
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Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach
Uragh Stone Circle ©
Uragh Stone Circle
Allihies Copper Mine Trail ©
Allihies Copper Mine Trail

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll explore and learn at The Carol Cronin Gallery and Dingle Artworks. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dun Chaoin Pier and St. Mary's Church. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Inch Beach, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dingle route app .

Traveling by car from Castletownbere to Dingle takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Inch Beach, Dun Chaoin Pier
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grafton Street and Bru na Boinne. Explore hidden gems such as Chester Beatty Library and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Spend the 13th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple Bar and browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol.

Plan trip to Dublin with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Dingle to Dublin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dingle in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 37°F in Dublin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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