8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland sightseeing planner
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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Recess
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Limerick
— 1 night
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Dublin — 2 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, walk around St Stephens Green, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Boston in May, with highs in Dublin at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Recess.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Recess — 3 nights

Recess is a village in County Galway, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Killary Fjord, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Croagh Patrick, and then kick back and relax at Old Head Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, experience rural life at Joyce Country Sheepdogs, and then experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Recess road trip tool.

You can drive from Dublin to Recess in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Limerick.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Side Trips
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Limerick — 1 night

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Hunt Museum, then stop by The Lawrence Collection, and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Terranova Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castlefergus Equestrian, and then explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Limerick tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Recess to Limerick takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Side Trips
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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.