8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Cork
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Dublin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cork online visit planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cork is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In December, Cork is slightly colder than Lisbon - with highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Charles Fort, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton
Highlights from your plan
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, and then make a trip to Ladies' View. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, then take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Killarney, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ring of Kerry, St. Patrick's Church
Highlights from your plan
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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 museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol, walk around Phoenix Park, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dublin online travel planner .

Take a train from Killarney to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Killarney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dublin, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

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

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