8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland vacation planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Kinsale
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Dublin
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Cardiff

1
night
Kinsale

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ballinspittle, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Gallery Kinsale. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, and finally shop like a local with Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kinsale sightseeing planning tool .

Cardiff, UK to Kinsale is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum
Ballinspittle ©
Ballinspittle
Irish Veterans Museum ©
Irish Veterans Museum

2
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Murder Mystery Ireland, examine the collection at Jackie Clarke Collection, appreciate the history behind Gore Knox Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosserk Friary, and finally don't miss a visit to Saint Mary's Well. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Moyne Abbey, examine the collection at The North Mayo Heritage Centre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Aughagower Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ballina travel planner .

Getting from Kinsale to Ballina by car takes about 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Westport, Bike and Boards, Moyne Abbey, Murder Mystery Ireland
Highlights from your plan
The North Mayo Heritage Centre ©
The North Mayo Heritage Centre
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
Murder Mystery Ireland ©
Murder Mystery Ireland

4
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: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin route maker app .

Traveling by car from Ballina to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

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

Similar Plans

10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 19 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM BELGIUM August, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Ireland, Portrush & Belfast BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans