20 days in Ireland & Portrush Itinerary

20 days in Ireland & Portrush Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland & Portrush Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Limerick, Ireland
— 1 day
Bus:  1 h 45 min
5
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Kinsale, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
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 now added Luttrellstown Castle Resort to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get advice or help at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, and then don't miss a visit to Merrion Square. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, walk around St Stephens Green, and then play a few rounds at Luttrellstown Castle Resort.

Before you visit Dublin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get little chillier in Dublin: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Portrush.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

2
nights
Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): go for a walk through St. Gobban's Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, then explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, and finally play a few rounds at Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links. On the next day, kick back and relax at Causeway Coastal Route and then enjoy the sand and surf at Portrush East Strand.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Portrush online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Dublin to Portrush in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Portrush can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Portrush

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bushmills, Causeway Coastal Route
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Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Westport (Atlantic Drive on Achill Island & The Great Western Greenway). There's lots more to do: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Portrush to Galway by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Galway when traveling from Portrush in September, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Westport, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

1
day
Limerick, Ireland

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Hunt Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, and finally examine the collection at Thomond Park Stadium.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Limerick trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Limerick takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Museums Historic Sites
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Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Kerry Woollen Mills, then admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then stroll through Muckross House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Limerick to Killarney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Climbing Tours
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): cruise along Dingle Peninsula, observe the fascinating underwater world at Dingle Oceanworld, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory and then take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle day trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Kinsale, Ireland

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then stop by Stone Mad Gallery, then see the interesting displays at West Cork Model Railway Village, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Inchydoney Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of James Fort, then play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, then get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kinsale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Kinsale sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Clonakilty
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Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Powerscourt Gardens and House has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterford (John Condon Memorial & Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Powerscourt Gardens and House
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Go With The Flow - River Adventures
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ballykeefe Distillery ©
Ballykeefe Distillery

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