8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  7 h
1
Dublin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  9 h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol and National Gallery of Ireland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bru na Boinne and GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre. Spend the 10th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Grafton Street, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, and get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dublin driving holiday planner .

Valletta, Malta to Dublin is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Valletta to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Dublin is little chillier than Valletta - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 12th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, shop like a local with Penny's Pottery, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then shop like a local with The Carol Cronin Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fiadh Woven Design.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle planner .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Dingle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Dingle are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Penny's Pottery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Penny's Pottery ©
Penny's Pottery

1
night
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 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Mr.Mcquires Olde Sweet Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, then view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Killarney trip itinerary app .

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Killarney sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerry Cliffs
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Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

1
night
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.
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Getting from Killarney to Kilkenny by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower
VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY ©
VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY

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