16 days in Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Buncrana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12 h
End: New York City

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, make a trip to The Spire, stroll around St Stephens Green, and see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dublin, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Dublin. Traveling from New York City in August, you will find days in Dublin are little chillier (66°F), and nights are cooler (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

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Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. On the 19th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross, tour the pleasant surroundings at Culdaff Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pollan Beach, and finally stroll through Dunree Bay. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Buncrana Beach, then kick back and relax at Straghill Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Porthaw Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Buncrana itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Dublin to Buncrana by car takes about 4 hours. In August in Buncrana, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Buncrana

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Culdaff, Pollan Beach, Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre
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Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre ©
Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre
Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross ©
Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross

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Westport

Westport ©
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 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Silver Strand, steep yourself in history at The Lost Valley, and then kick back and relax at Uggool Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud, then explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Jacks Old Cottage.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Westport journey planner.

Traveling by car from Buncrana to Westport takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Westport when traveling from Buncrana in August, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Louisburgh, Jacks Old Cottage
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The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud

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Galway

Galway ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb. You'll get in some beach time at Fanore Beach and Lahinch Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Scattery Island (in Kilrush), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip site.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Galway are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahinch Beach, Burren National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Scattery Island, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

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Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Clogher Strand, then kick back and relax at Fermoyle Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Inch Beach and then cruise along Slea Head Drive.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dingle trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Slea Head Drive
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

3
nights
Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Curracloe Beach and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. Visit Kilkenny Castle and Jerpoint Park for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kilkenny side-trips: Blue Egg Gallery (in Wexford), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Waterford (King of the Vikings & Reginald's Tower). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, view the masterpieces at VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny route planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kilkenny takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterford, Curracloe Beach, Blue Egg Gallery, Ferns Castle, Ballyhack Castle
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Curracloe Beach ©
Curracloe Beach
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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