21 days in Ireland Itinerary

21 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Kilkenny
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Chester Beatty and 14 Henrietta Street. Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, admire the striking features of Dublin Castle, contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 53°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House
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Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild Atlantic Way and King John's Castle. Get outdoors at Dromoland Castle and Cliffs of Moher. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Saint Mary's Cathedral (in Limerick), Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge. (in Lisdoonvarna) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade and see the interesting displays at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Galway road trip planning website.

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Galway are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Limerick, Dromoland Castle, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

2
nights
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 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally make a trip to Killadoon Standing Stone. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Great Western Greenway, then take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dugort Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Westport trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Westport, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Dugort Beach, Killadoon Standing Stone, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Michael Davitt Museum
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National Museum of Ireland - Country Life ©
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Slea Head Drive and then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Dingle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach
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Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
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 Gap of Dunloe and Ross Castle. Visiting Killarney National Park and Torc Waterfall will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Killarney road trip planner.

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Killarney are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, St. Patrick's Church, Kerry Cliffs
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

2
nights
Cork

Cork ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, then explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, and finally tee off at Cobh Golf Club.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cork trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Cork are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Golf

Side Trips

Cobh, Charles Fort, Jameson Distillery Midleton
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Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hore Abbey and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hook Lighthouse and Jerpoint Abbey. Step out of Kilkenny with an excursion to Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum in Waterford--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Cahir Castle, stroll around Kilkenny Castle, explore the galleries of VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kilkenny trip planning tool.

Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hore Abbey, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Cahir Castle, Hook Lighthouse
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Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

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