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The 2020 Bucket List Road Trip: 4 Weeks Exploring Ireland (Full Route + Itinerary)

The 2020 Bucket List Road Trip: 4 Weeks Exploring Ireland (Full Route + Itinerary)

Howaya! So, this Ireland road trip guide took a fair whack of time to research, plan out, and write.

It’s also pretty damn long.

If you don’t have 4 weeks to explore, you’ll find much shorter road trip routes in our Ireland road trip guide section.

Below, you’ll find a detailed itinerary to follow if you have 28 days to road trip around Ireland. Here’s a look at the route.

4 weeks in Ireland: A rough route overview

map of ireland

The dodgy map above (Photoshop was never my strong point) shows a very rough outline of the route that you’ll find in the guide below.

Here’s what you’ll get if you take the time to read it:

  • A useful, detailed guide that removes the pain from planning:
  • You’ll get an hour-by-hour (literally!) guide to each day
  • Clear, concise itineraries to follow
  • Advice on things to do along with recommendations on where to eat, sleep and drink

Yep, it’s long – so, if you’re stuck for time, sign up to our mailing list (no spam – only good stuff) at the bottom of this page and I’ll fire it onto you to read later.

Table of Contents

I’ve split this post up into different pages – this has nothing to do with getting more pages read or ad revenue (apologies for the ads, by the way).

Personally, I hate when sites do this, but in this case, I had to. Although I’ve done everything in my power to make this website speedy, this guide is long and tends to load much slower than 98% of our other guides.

So, I’ve given each day a dedicated page, which should make it easier for you to browse.

Just click one of the days below to dive in

Click number ‘2’ below to be taken to day 1. (Use Pinterest? Pin the below for later!)

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Eileen Finerty

Thursday 28th of April 2022

I am very interested in this itinerary but maybe not the whole thing as we’ve done pieces before. Can it be broken up?


Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Thank you for this guide, looks just what we need! We are coming over for a 4 week jaunt in our wee camper in August and would love it if you could send us the guide by email? I've tried signing up for the newsletter but something going wrong? Looking forward to it already! Thanks a million. Deb and Ste x

Patti Noonan

Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Hello Keith!!! Well - it almost took me 28 days to read the guide - such great information - and those additional guides to enjoy more were so helpful.

We are planning a 4-5 week trip to Ireland in the fall of 2023 - we are already excited!

I have a question about the Midlands - if we wanted to spend time in that area - do you have a suggestion as to how to include that area without too much backtracking?

Happy to chat via email too!

Patti & Barry N

Phillip Ennis

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

I'm tipping my hat to you for having the tenacity to put together such a helpful, insightful and thorough guide for all of us to enjoy. Thank you.


Monday 7th of March 2022

Brilliant. Thanks for writing this. We are planning our first Ireland trip September of 2022. We're planning on 3 weeks, less driving and more day tripping out from central ("cluster" to quote you) spots. Looking forward to wading through more of your articles. Very rough initial idea is a week in and around Antrim/ Donegal, a week around Dingle, and a week around Dublin. Going to be going with a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old. Should be wild. -Lindsay from Canada

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