8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
Dublin
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Clifden
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cork
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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Dublin

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 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Grafton Street, then examine the collection at Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip maker website .

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you will find days in Dublin are much colder (62°F), and nights are little chillier (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Clifden.

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#Museums, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods
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Chester Beatty Library ©
Chester Beatty Library
Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

1
day
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Clifden online journey planner .

Getting from Dublin to Clifden by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Clifden

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Connemara National Park ©
Connemara National Park

2
days
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 18th (Tue), look for gifts at Holden Leathergoods, take in the exciting artwork at Penny's Pottery, step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, then see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, look for gifts at Sweet Pea Gift Shop, stop by John Weldon Jewellers, stop by Dingle Record Shop, then shop like a local with The Carol Cronin Gallery, and finally look for gifts at NU goldsmith.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle journey planning app .

Getting from Clifden to Dingle by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Dingle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Penny's Pottery, Great Blasket Island
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The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
St.James Church ©
St.James Church
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

1
day
Killarney

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 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, then explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and finally appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Killarney are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cork.

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Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

2
days
Cork

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 21st (Fri), view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, look for gifts at Giles Norman Photography Gallery, stop by Stone Mad Gallery, then stop by Kinsale Silver, and finally steep yourself in history at Charles Fort. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market, then look for gifts at The Fair Alternative, then stop by Blarney Woollen Mills, and finally contemplate the long history of Cork City Gaol.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cork trip planning tool .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinsale, Blarney Woollen Mills
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The English Market ©
The English Market
Blarney Woollen Mills ©
Blarney Woollen Mills
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort

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