8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Dublin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ballyvaughan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Silver Strand
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Galway
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, and then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, and then admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dublin online tour planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect nights in Dublin to be somewhat warmer, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Trim Castle
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Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

2
nights
Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan ©
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre and then stroll around Burren National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cliffs of Moher, then Head underground at Doolin Cave, then contemplate the long history of Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ballyvaughan holiday maker website .

You can drive from Dublin to Ballyvaughan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ballyvaughan can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Silver Strand.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Doolin Cave, Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb
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Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Doolin Cave ©
Doolin Cave

1
night
Silver Strand

Silver Strand ©
On the 21st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at The Lost Valley, experience rural life at DK Connemara Oysters, and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Silver Strand online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Ballyvaughan to Silver Strand takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Silver Strand can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Silver Strand

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, DK Connemara Oysters
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
DK Connemara Oysters ©
DK Connemara Oysters

1
night
Galway

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Claregalway Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Silver Strand to Galway in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Claregalway Castle
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Claregalway Castle ©
Claregalway Castle

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