22 days in Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Ireland Itinerary

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22 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly + Bus:  6 h
1
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Cardiff

2
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.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, stroll around Kilkenny Castle, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny day trip site.

Cardiff, UK to Kilkenny is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Irish National Heritage Park, Ferns Castle, Tintern Abbey
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Go With The Flow - River Adventures
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney), Beara Way (in Glengarriff) and Ring of Beara (in Kenmare). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip app.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Killarney are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenmare, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Beara Way
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Beara Way ©
Beara Way
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dingle is known for historic sites, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive, make a trip to Fahan BeeHive Huts, stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Skellig Michael.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip itinerary planning tool.

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. In May, daytime highs in Dingle are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

County Kerry, Slea Head Drive, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stop by The Aloe Tree, then take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk, then step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, and finally identify plant and animal life at Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Liscannor day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Liscannor takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Kilrush, Kilkee Cliff Walk, The Aloe Tree
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin), Burren National Park (in Corofin) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, stroll through The Wormhole, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Galway, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Corcomroe Abbey, Burren National Park, The Wormhole, Castlefergus Equestrian
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Achill Island (Deserted Village & Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones), The Lost Valley (in Silver Strand) and Keem Bay (in Dooagh). There's lots more to do: explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, admire the natural beauty at Westport House, grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Westport tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Achill Island, Michael Davitt Museum, The Lost Valley
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©

5
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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

Plan a Dublin trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Westport to Dublin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Dublin sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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