20 days in Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
2
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Bunratty
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glengarriff
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cork
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Waterford
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Shannon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Dingle
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Boston

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and National Gallery of Ireland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple Bar and Bru na Boinne.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dublin holiday tool .

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In October, Dublin is slightly colder than Boston - with highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
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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.
On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ross Errily Friary, then steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, then see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Knock Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bunratty.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Knock, Michael Davitt Museum, Ross Errily Friary, Royal Abbey of Cong
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

2
nights
Bunratty

Bunratty ©
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Abbey Church, take an in-depth tour of Hunt Museum, examine the collection at Thomond Park Stadium, then contemplate the long history of Quin Abbey, and finally make a trip to Shannon Heritage. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Dromoland Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Kilmacduagh Tower, and then look for gifts at Burren Perfumery.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bunratty road trip planning site .

You can drive from Galway to Bunratty in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Glengarriff.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Kilmacduagh Tower, Quin Abbey, Hunt Museum, Burren Perfumery
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Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey
Hunt Museum ©
Hunt Museum
Kilmacduagh Tower ©
Kilmacduagh Tower

2
nights
Glengarriff

Glengarriff ©
Glengarriff is a village of approximately 800 people on the N71 national secondary road in the Beara Peninsula of County Cork, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, take in the exciting artwork at Norman McCloskey Photography, delve into the distant past at Uragh Stone Circle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Glengarriff Nature Reserve, then explore the historical opulence of Carriganass Castle, and finally make a trip to Kealkill Megalithic Stone Circle and Standing Stones. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Abbeystrewry Graveyard, examine the collection at Allihies Copper Mine Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Allihies Copper Mine Trail, and finally view the masterpieces at Sarah Walker Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Glengarriff trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Bunratty to Glengarriff takes 3 hours. In October in Glengarriff, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Glengarriff

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kenmare, Allihies, Kealkill Megalithic Stone Circle and Standing Stones, Sarah Walker Gallery, Uragh Stone Circle
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Carriganass Castle ©
Carriganass Castle
Uragh Stone Circle ©
Uragh Stone Circle

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Cork

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, then look for gifts at Walk Shoes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of James Fort.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cork trip planner .

Getting from Glengarriff to Cork by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Waterford.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kinsale
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

3
nights
Waterford

Waterford ©
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.
On the 16th (Wed), get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Aidan's Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Waterford day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Cork to Waterford in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shannon.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Ormond Castle, Curraghmore House, Mayfield Birds of Prey
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Bishop's Palace ©
Bishop's Palace
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey

1
night
Shannon

Shannon ©
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. On the 19th (Sat), get lost in a book at Sean Lemass Public Library, then examine the collection at Atlantic Air Adventures, then examine the collection at Michael Cusack Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Killone Abbey and then make a trip to Ballycasey Craft and Design Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shannon holiday planner .

You can drive from Waterford to Shannon in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Shannon

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, Killone Abbey, Michael Cusack Centre
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
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Atlantic Air Adventures ©
Atlantic Air Adventures
Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb ©
Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb
Killone Abbey ©
Killone Abbey

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Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Slea Head Drive and Minard Castle. For shopping fun, head to The Carol Cronin Gallery or Fiadh Woven Design. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, and take in the waterfront activity at Dingle Marina.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dingle day trip planning site .

You can drive from Shannon to Dingle in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Slea Head Drive, Dun Chaoin Pier
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle

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