8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland trip planner

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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 2 nights
Drive
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Doolin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 1 night
Drive

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Dublin

— 2 nights

Fair City

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 parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, walk around St Stephens Green, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Dublin. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Kilkenny

— 2 nights

Marble City

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kilfane Waterfall and Glen, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings, and finally grab your bike and head to Waterford Greenway.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny holiday planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Doolin

— 2 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, and then tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt. On your second day here, head off the coast to Scattery Island and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Doolin online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Doolin in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Doolin are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Galway

— 1 night

City of the Tribes

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 (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Galway holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Galway, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Galway

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

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.