19 days in Ireland & Bushmills Itinerary

19 days in Ireland & Bushmills Itinerary

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19 days in Ireland & Bushmills Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + Bus:  18 h 30 min
1
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Doolin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Sligo, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gallarus Oratory and Dun Chaoin Pier. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Inch Beach and Slea Head Drive. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Fiadh Woven Design, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, and get to know the fascinating history of Greenlane Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dingle trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Dingle is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of subway, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Dingle is 8 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get slightly colder in Dingle: highs are around 51°F and lows about 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Dun Chaoin Pier, Inch Beach, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, admire the verdant scenery at The Black Valley, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, cruise along Ring of Kerry, then make a trip to Ladies' View, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Killarney online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Ring of Kerry
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
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Climbing Tours
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

2
nights
Doolin, Ireland

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden, then explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Beach, and finally trek along Hag's Head. On the next day, kick back and relax at Spanish Point Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at White Strand Beach, and then explore the activities along Doughmore Bay.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Doolin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Doolin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miltown Malbay, Doughmore Bay, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Hag's Head, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
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Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave
Doughmore Bay ©
Doughmore Bay

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Claregalway Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, then take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, and finally see the interesting displays at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of The Cong Heritage Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Knockma Forest Walk, and finally explore the activities along South Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip builder .

Getting from Doolin to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Galway are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Cong Heritage Trail, Knockma Forest Walk, Claregalway Castle
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:
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The Cong Heritage Trail ©
The Cong Heritage Trail
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

2
nights
Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): kick back and relax at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Strand, and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannin Bay Blueway, then relax in the rural setting at DK Connemara Oysters Ltd, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Renvyle Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Clifden day trip app .

Traveling by car from Galway to Clifden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Silver Strand, DK Connemara Oysters, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Renvyle Beach
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:
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DK Connemara Oysters ©
DK Connemara Oysters

1
night
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Creevykeel Court Tomb, kick back and relax at Streedagh Beach, and then head outdoors with Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sligo itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Clifden to Sligo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Sligo, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Streedagh Beach
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
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Streedagh Beach ©
Streedagh Beach
Creevykeel Court Tomb ©
Creevykeel Court Tomb

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

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.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wicklow Mountains National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Portmarnock Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Michan's Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dublin journey planner.

Getting from Sligo to Dublin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sligo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dublin, with lows of 37°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Portmarnock Beach
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
National Library of Ireland ©
National Library of Ireland

3
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Giant's Causeway. On the 6th (Sat), look for gifts at McConaghy's Souvenir Shop and then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Tower Museum, then admire the striking features of St. Columb's Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mussenden Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kinbane Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bushmills trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Bushmills in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bushmills, with lows around 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Derry, Ballycastle, Rathlin Island, Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:
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Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House ©
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum

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