9 days in Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Ireland Itinerary

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9 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Ardara
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Clifden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kinsale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Boston

1
day
Ardara

Ardara ©
Ardara, pronounced "Ardra", is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get some fabulous bargains at Kennedy of Ardara, stop by John Molloy Limited, then look for gifts at Eddie Doherty Tweed, then view the masterpieces at Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Narin Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ardara route maker site .

Boston, USA to Ardara is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. April in Ardara sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Ardara

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Narin Beach
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Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery ©
Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery
Kennedy of Ardara ©
Kennedy of Ardara

1
night
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): look for gifts at Connemara Blue, look for gifts at Cottage Handcrafts, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Renvyle Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Clifden trip planner .

Drive from Ardara to Clifden in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottage Handcrafts, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Renvyle Beach
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Cottage Handcrafts ©
Cottage Handcrafts
Connemara Blue ©
Connemara Blue

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.
On the 15th (Mon), look for gifts at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, look for gifts at McCarthy's Jewellery Shop, stop by OMG Zhivago, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at My Shop... Granny Likes It.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway travel route website .

Drive from Clifden to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Galway are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Shopping Historic Sites Nightlife
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OMG Zhivago ©
OMG Zhivago
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop ©
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wide array of goods at Strand House Cafe, then shop like a local with Penny's Pottery, then stop by Holden Leathergoods, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Uisce Saddlery, look for gifts at NU goldsmith, look for gifts at Sweet Pea Gift Shop, stop by Dingle Crystal, then look for gifts at Kathleen McAuliffe, and finally stop by Dingle Record Shop.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dingle tour planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Dingle

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Penny's Pottery, Inch Beach
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Penny's Pottery ©
Penny's Pottery
John Weldon Jewellers ©
John Weldon Jewellers

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.
On the 18th (Thu), stop by Kinsale Silver, stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery, then stop by Kinsale Crystal, then view the masterpieces at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Charles Fort.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kinsale online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Giles Norman Photography Gallery ©
Giles Norman Photography Gallery
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for gifts at DesignYard, then make a trip to Grafton Street, then admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Malahide Castle and then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Dublin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in April, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Malahide Castle, Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle

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