19 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

19 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Orlando, United States

3
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Ireland and then take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary planning app.

Orlando, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in March, things will get colder in Dublin: highs are around 48°F and lows about 35°F. You'll set off for Kilkenny on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
National Gallery of Ireland ©
National Gallery of Ireland

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, then don't miss a visit to Butler Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Duiske Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Ormond Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Well.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny trip builder app.

Take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Duiske Abbey, St. Patrick's Well, Ormond Castle
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St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

2
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.
On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Mitchelstown Cave, steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then stop by Walk Shoes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cork driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Cork sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Mitchelstown Cave
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Mitchelstown Cave ©
Mitchelstown Cave

2
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.
On the 8th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre and then kick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Michael Collins, stop by Aunty Nellie's Sweet Shop Kinsale, contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ballinspittle, then brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kinsale trip planner.

You can drive from Cork to Kinsale in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Clonakilty
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Inchydoney Beach ©
Inchydoney Beach
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Ballinspittle ©
Ballinspittle

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
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 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gougane Barra Church, and then trek along Torc Mountain Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens, then stroll through Banna Strand, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney route planner.

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 March, daytime highs in Killarney are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tralee, Gougane Barra Church, St. Patrick's Church
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Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Banna Strand
Banna Strand
Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens ©
Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens

3
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 12th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Dun Chaoin Pier, steep yourself in history at Riasc, get engrossed in the history at Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then look for gifts at NU goldsmith, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Glenteenassig Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Brandon, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the exciting artwork at The Carol Cronin Gallery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Greenlane Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary planning tool.

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 March, daytime highs in Dingle are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glenteenassig Forest Park, Dun Chaoin Pier, Mount Brandon
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Glenteenassig Forest Park ©
Glenteenassig Forest Park
Greenlane Gallery ©
Greenlane Gallery
Riasc ©
Riasc

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.
On the 14th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Abbey of Cong, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): browse for treasures at Galway Crafts and Collectables, see the interesting displays at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kirwan's Lane, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Galway, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Royal Abbey of Cong
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Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church ©
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock

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.
On the 16th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Malachy's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Orange Heritage, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally steep yourself in history at Basil Sheils.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Belfast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Belfast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Basil Sheils, Castlerock Beach
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Basil Sheils ©
Basil Sheils
Castlerock Beach ©
Castlerock Beach

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