7 days in Ireland Itinerary

7 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive
3
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kinsale
— 1 night
Fly

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2
nights
Dublin

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.
Popular historic sites such as Guinness Storehouse and 14 Henrietta Street are in your itinerary. Kilmainham Gaol Museum and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Bru na Boinne in Donore (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and step into the grandiose world of Dublin Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in April; daily highs in Dublin reach 53°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

1
night
Kilkenny

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 15th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip builder website.

Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in April since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks

1
night
Killarney

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, then contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, and finally make a trip to Ladies' View.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary app.

Getting from Kilkenny to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April in Killarney, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

1
night
Kinsale

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kinsale online journey maker.

You can drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
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.

County Kerry travel guide

4.5
National Parks · Gardens · Scenic Drive
The Kingdom
Forming Ireland's southwestern corner, County Kerry encompasses world-renowned landmarks like the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula and features the major city of Killarney at its heart. As a peripheral part of the country, County Kerry supports a thriving traditional Irish culture, including the Irish language, music, and dance. Nearly 5,000 native Irish speakers reside in the area, concentrated in two large Gaeltachts known as Corca Dhuibhne and Uibh Rathach. Many visitors come to enjoy the rugged beauty of Kerry's coastline, lakes, and mountains. Several picturesque walking routes wind their way through the landscape, giving tourists the chance to engage deeply with its untamed nature.

County Cork travel guide

4.3
Castles · Specialty Museums · Islands
Rebel County
County Cork has made a name for itself as the home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary limestone rock rumored to give those who kiss it "the gift of the gab." People come from around the world to bend over backwards and put their lips to the rock in the hopes of becoming more eloquent. In Cork, the county's eponymous city, it is said that the accents rise and fall with the city's rolling terrain. The southern county attracts those looking for the iconic green hills, craggy coastline, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Known affectionately as The Rebel County for its role in the Irish War of Independence, this region is proudly Irish, as evidenced in the region's many cultural festivals and events.