8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
1
Liscannor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk, step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, then hike along Hag's Head, and finally make a trip to Cliffs of Moher.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Liscannor route builder app .

Chicago, USA to Liscannor is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Liscannor due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Liscannor to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Aillwee Cave, Scattery Island, Kilkee Cliff Walk
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk

2
nights
Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ferns Castle, then head outdoors with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, and then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny travel route planner .

You can drive from Liscannor to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

King of the Vikings VR, Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

3
nights
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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, walk around St Stephens Green, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dublin driving holiday planning website .

You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Dublin are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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