8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Galway
— 1 night
Drive
3
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive
4
Cork
— 1 night
Drive
5
Waterford
— 1 night
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Kilkenny
— 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.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at GPO Museum, get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and finally see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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Columbus, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Columbus to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Columbus in May; daily highs in Dublin reach 59°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.
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Galway — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral.

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You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney — 1 night

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 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, and finally stroll through Torc Mountain Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Killarney online travel route planner.

Getting from Galway to Killarney by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Cork.
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Cork — 1 night

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 21st (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Fin Barre's Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cork holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Cork, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Waterford.
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Waterford — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, then browse the exhibits of Bishop's Palace, then hike along Waterford Greenway, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey.

Before you visit Waterford, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Cork to Waterford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May in Waterford, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 1 night

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 23rd (Mon): walk around Kilkenny Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny online travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Waterford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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