31 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

31 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

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31 days in Ireland, Northern Ireland & Iceland Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kingscourt, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h
9
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
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.
You've added Oldbridge Estate/Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre, Moore Street, Phoenix Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Glendalough Cathedral and Malahide Castle. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Bru na Boinne in Donore--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around St Stephens Green, don't miss a visit to The Spire, browse the collection at National Library of Ireland, and ponder the world of politics at An Post General Post Office.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dublin online driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Dublin, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Dublin is colder than Sydney - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oldbridge Estate/Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre, Bru na Boinne, Malahide Castle, Bodenstown Graveyard, Glendalough Cathedral
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

3
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Black Abbey, Medieval Mile Museum, Athassel Abbey, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Kilkenny Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel, County Kilkenny
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

3
nights
Cork, Ireland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinsale Food Tours, Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, Charles Fort, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then walk around Fitzgerald Park, then steep yourself in history at Cork City Gaol, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ballycotton Cliff Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cork day trip planning site .

Getting from Kilkenny to Cork by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Dingle.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kinsale, Torc Mountain Walk
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Ballycotton Cliff Walk ©
Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

1
night
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes O'Flaherty's Bar as well as Slea Head Drive. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): cruise along Slea Head Drive and then take in a show at O'Flaherty's Bar.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dingle trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cork to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Limerick, Doolin Cave, Slea Head Drive, Cliffs of Moher
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Naughton's Pub (Tigh Neachtain), Galway Cathedral, Knocknarea, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a taste of local nightlife at Naughton's Pub (Tigh Neachtain).

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dingle in January, with highs in Galway at 7°C and lows at 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Derry.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Yeats's Grave, Knocknarea
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

2
nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
You've added Museum of Free Derry, City Walking Tours, Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail, and other attractions to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dunluce Castle and St. Columb's Cathedral. When in Derry, make a side trip to see Giant's Causeway in Bushmills, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Tower Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Derry journey planner .

Drive from Galway to Derry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Derry are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Enniskillen, Bushmills, Dunluce Castle
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum
Museum of Free Derry ©
Museum of Free Derry

2
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parliament Buildings, Milltown Cemetery and Belfast: Political Conflict 3 hour Walking Tour. On the 13th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, catch all the local highlights with Belfast: Political Conflict 3 hour Walking Tour, then brush up on your military savvy at Northern Ireland War Memorial, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Milltown Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Ulster Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, and finally examine the collection at SS Nomadic.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Belfast tour planning tool .

You can take a bus from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Belfast sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kingscourt.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast

2
nights
Kingscourt, Ireland

Kingscourt
Kingscourt, historically known as Dunaree, is a town in County Cavan, Ireland. For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kingscourt trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Kingscourt takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kingscourt are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Reykjavik.

Things to do in Kingscourt

Nightlife Outdoors Parks
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7
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kingscourt to Reykjavik. Traveling from Kingscourt in January, expect Reykjavik to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -1°C. You will leave for Dublin on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin
To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planning tool .

Fly from Reykjavik to Dublin in 5.5 hours. In January, Dublin is somewhat warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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