31 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

31 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Cobh, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Portmarnock Golf Club and Cliff Path Loop. Monasterboice Monastic Site and Hill of Slane will appeal to history buffs. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to St Peter's Church (in Drogheda), Irish Military War Museum & Family Park (in Starinagh) and Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (in Dalkey). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, take an in-depth tour of Pearse Museum, enjoy the sea views from Poolbeg Lighthouse, and sample the fine beverages at Roe & Co Distillery.

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Vancouver, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, plan for little chillier nights in Dublin, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vale of Glendalough.
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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland — 2 nights

If you're seeking a view of Ireland's sweeping scenery, visit the rugged and romantic Vale of Glendalough, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement.
Step off the beaten path and head to The European Club and The Wicklow Way. Get outdoors at Woodenbridge Golf Club and St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vale of Glendalough: National Bird of Prey Centre (in Blessington), Wicklow (Blessington Lakes & Wicklow Golf Club) and Macreddin Golf Club (in Macreddin Village). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Glenmacnass Waterfall, cast your line with Annamoe Trout Fishery, explore the activities along Glendalough Upper Lake, and get a dose of the wild on Irish Working Sheepdogs.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vale of Glendalough trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Vale of Glendalough takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vale of Glendalough are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): learn insider's secrets on Royal Oak Distillery, step into the grandiose world of Huntington Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, and finally play a few rounds at Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Butter Slip, make a trip to St John's Priory, then get a dose of the wild on Hawkeye School of Falconry, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Collegiate Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Vale of Glendalough to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cobh.
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Cobh, Ireland — 2 nights

Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Lusitania Memorial, tee off at Cobh Golf Club, admire the striking features of Fota House & Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Old Church Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Ardmore Round Tower, kick back and relax at Ballyquin Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Declan's Well and Oratory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, and finally trek along Youghal Heritage Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cobh day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cobh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Cobh, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. Mary's Cathedral and Holy Cross Church. Visit Stone Circle and Gougane Barra Church for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Gougane Barra National Forest Park (in Gougane Barra), Bantry Bay Charters (in Glengarriff) and Kenmare (Old Kenmare Road & Cromwell's Bridge). And it doesn't end there: hike along Torc Mountain Walk, stroll through The Kerry Way, look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Killarney holiday maker.

Drive from Cobh to Killarney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Killarney sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Get a sense of the local culture at Riasc and Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. Escape the urban bustle at Greenlane Gallery and Castlegregory Golf Links. Step out of Dingle with an excursion to Glanteenassig Wood in Castlegregory--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, take a peaceful walk through Glenteenassig Forest Park, get outside with Kingdom Falconry, and identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dingle route planner.

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 September, daytime highs in Dingle are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Tyrone House, steep yourself in history at Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, then explore the ancient world of Kilmacduagh Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey, and finally head outdoors with Backwest Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Quiet Cailin Studios, bet on a winner at Ballinrobe Races, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Cong Heritage Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Cong, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ross Errily Friary.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Galway online itinerary planner.

Drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Clifden.
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Clifden, Ireland — 2 nights

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Connemara Safaris, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Strand, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gothic Chapel. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, stroll through Roundstone Bay, then take in the exciting artwork at Whitethorn Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Lavelle Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Joseph's Church.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Clifden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Clifden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sligo.
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Sligo, Ireland — 4 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Creevykeel Court Tomb and The High Cross. Step off the beaten path and head to Elphin Windmill and County Sligo Golf Club. Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to St. Muredach's Cathedral (in Ballina), Adventure Gently (in Dromahair) and The Shed Distillery (in Leitrim). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, delve into the lush surroundings at Hazelwood, cast your line with Sligo Boat Charters, and kick back and relax at Dunmoran Strand.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sligo trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Clifden to Sligo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Marine Gardens Coastal Walk, learn about all things military at Grey Point Fort, steep yourself in history at Clifton Street Graveyard, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Patricks Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Church, steep yourself in history at Sentry Hill Historic House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation Memorial Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Belfast trip maker.

Drive from Sligo to Belfast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Belfast are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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.
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Northern Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.
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