8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Dublin
— 1 night
Drive
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Westport
— 1 night
Drive
3
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Killarney
— 3 nights
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Dublin

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at GPO Museum and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, and finally appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Dublin tour planner.

Madrid, Spain to Dublin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Dublin is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Westport

— 1 night
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hike along Clew Bay Archaeological Trail, view the masterpieces at The Quay Gallery, then tee off at Westport Golf Club, and finally stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Westport trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Westport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Westport are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Golf

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, explore the galleries of The Carol Cronin Gallery, then look for gifts at John Weldon Jewellers, then don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, and finally examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Ceann Sibeal (Dingle) Golf Club, then get engrossed in the history at Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ventry Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Penny's Pottery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Dingle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Torc Mountain Walk and Banna Strand. Visiting Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Kerry Cliffs will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Tralee (Tralee Golf Club & Kerry County Museum). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, and explore the activities along Lough Leane.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Killarney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Ireland travel guide

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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.