20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  18​h
1
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
8
Dublin
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kinsale: Haulbowline Island (in Cobh) and Sam Maguire Visitor Experience (in Dunmanway). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, view the masterpieces at The Boathouse Gallery, explore the galleries of Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kinsale vacation maker tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Kinsale is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Kinsale to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sam Maguire Visitor Experience, Haulbowline Island
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

1
night
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and finally view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
St. Mary's Church of Ireland ©
St. Mary's Church of Ireland

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fermoyle Beach and then get outside with Slea Head Drive. On the next day, cruise along Dingle Peninsula, kick back and relax at Clogher Strand, make a trip to Sinead Lough Ceramics, then get engrossed in the history at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dingle route maker website .

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Dingle sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Slea Head Drive
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Sinead Lough Ceramics ©
Sinead Lough Ceramics

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at White Strand Beach, stroll around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Liscannor trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Liscannor takes 3.5 hours. January in Liscannor sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, White Strand Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark ©

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Daniel O'Connell Monument (in Ennis) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, and stop by Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Galway driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Liscannor in January, you will find days in Galway are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ballina.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Burren National Park, Daniel O'Connell Monument, Carran Medieval Church, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
The Burren ©
The Burren
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

2
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
On the 7th (Tue), examine the collection at Jackie Clarke Collection, admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary, then see the interesting displays at The North Mayo Heritage Centre, then take an in-depth tour of The Irish Potato Famine Exhibition, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gore Knox Monument. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aughagower Church, then get your game on at Murder Mystery Ireland, and then don't miss a visit to Saint Mary's Well.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ballina road trip app .

You can drive from Galway to Ballina in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ballina are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Aughagower Church, Murder Mystery Ireland
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
The North Mayo Heritage Centre ©
The North Mayo Heritage Centre
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
Gore Knox Monument ©
Gore Knox Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Irish Whiskey Tasting Event, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally stroll around Kilkenny Castle. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, and finally have fun at South East Ireland.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny sightseeing site .

Getting from Ballina to Kilkenny by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©

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, parks, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, walk around St Stephens Green, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip tool .

Getting from Kilkenny to Dublin by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Dublin sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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