45 days in Ireland Itinerary

45 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland sightseeing planner

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Dublin
— 10 nights
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County Offaly
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 5 nights
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Westport
— 3 nights
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Clifden
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 5 nights
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Cork
— 5 nights
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Waterford
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny
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Dublin

— 10 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Let the collections at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Wicklow Mountains National Park and Temple Bar. Venture out of the city with trips to Francis Ledwidge Museum (in Slane), Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, catch a live event at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Dublinia.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary builder website.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Dublin at 48°F and lows at 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to County Offaly.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 29:

County Offaly

— 2 nights

Faithful County

Though often overlooked, Offaly County offers plenty for nature lovers, with a few metropolitan options mixed in. In addition to fishing, water sports, bird watching, and other outdoor fun, this area showcases historical castles, a popular monastic city, and archeological finds.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): tee off at Esker Hills Golf Club, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clonmacnoise, and then get all the information you need at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Kilbeggan Distillery, then sample the fine beverages at Tullamore Dew, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rock of Dunamase.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read County Offaly trip maker app.

You can drive from Dublin to County Offaly in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in County Offaly

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Galway

— 5 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Visit Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park for their historical value. Get outdoors at Burren National Park and Lahinch Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The Farmyard (in Corofin), Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Galway Bay, walk around Eyre Square, step into the grandiose world of King John's Castle, and head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway holiday planner.

Traveling by car from County Offaly to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Galway sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Westport

— 3 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Michael Davitt Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ashford Castle and Rosserk Friary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Belleek Castle Museum (in Ballina), Achill Island (Deserted Village & Achill Seaweed Baths) and Keem Bay (in Dooagh). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway and cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Westport trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Clifden

— 3 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Get in touch with nature at Renvyle Beach and Scubadive West. Explore hidden gems such as Sky Rd and Killary Sheep Farm. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, explore the galleries of Roundstone Ceramics, take in the dramatic natural features at Diamond Hill, and stop by O`Dalaigh Jewellers.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Clifden road trip website.

Drive from Westport to Clifden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Killarney

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get some cultural insight at Muckross Abbey and Norman McCloskey Photography. Visiting Inch Beach and Ring of Kerry will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Torc Mountain Walk, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Killarney Falconry, and appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Killarney trip builder site.

Drive from Clifden to Killarney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Killarney, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:

Cork

— 5 nights

Rebel City

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.
Get some historical perspective at St Fin Barre's Cathedral and St. Anne's Church. West Cork Model Railway Village and Irish Veterans Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Fota Wildlife Park (in Carrigtwohill), Kinsale (Charles Fort, Granny's Bottom Drawer, &more) and Jameson Distillery Midleton (in Midleton). There's still lots to do: stroll through Inchydoney Beach, stroll the grounds of St. Oliver's Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral, and step into the grandiose world of Barryscourt Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cork sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Waterford

— 5 nights
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Bishop's Palace and Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Hook Lighthouse and Ballyhack Castle for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterford: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Ring of Hook (in New Ross). There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Waterford Greenway, take in the dramatic scenery at Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan), view the masterpieces at The Irish Handmade Glass Company, and see the interesting displays at Enniscorthy Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Waterford trip tool.

Traveling by car from Cork to Waterford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:

Kilkenny

— 6 nights

Marble City

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.
Get outdoors at Castlecomer Discovery Park and Mount Juliet Estate. Visit Cahir Castle and Jerpoint Abbey for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Cashel (Rock of Cashel & Hore Abbey), Wells House & Gardens (in Gorey) and The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, get engrossed in the history at Timahoe Heritage Centre, get into the urban bustle at The Tholsel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfane Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.